Please take a little time to share your ideas to help Boulder ensure an inclusive open space future, with welcoming outreach and volunteer programming, and to help the community preserve and enjoy Boulder’s agricultural lands. Please provide your thoughts by midnight, Dec. 18. Your input will help identify strategies for the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan, which will guide the management of Boulder's open space over the next decade and beyond.
Chautauqua Park (Grant and Baseline streets, Boulder).
Because parking is very limited in this area, visitors are encouraged to carpool, walk or bike. There are bike racks located throughout the site. There is also a parking lot at the trailhead near the Ranger Cottage, as well as limited street parking around the Chautauqua Lawn.
Overflow street parking can be found along Baseline Road and further north. However, if parking in nearby neighborhoods, please make sure to respect private residents who live along these public streets. All parked vehicles should be 5 feet from a driveway, 15 feet from a fire hydrant, 20 feet from an unmarked intersection, and 30 feet from a stop sign. Also, please make sure to dispose of your trash properly and help care for this important place.
Please check for Trail & Area Closures.
You are responsible for knowing and complying with all closures and OSMP rules & regulations.
Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan
Open Space and Mountain Parks has kicked off a long-term effort to establish a community-supported plan that will guide the management of the community’s open space over the next decade and beyond. Learn more about the OSMP Master Plan.
Please keep your car doors locked and your car windows rolled up at all times while leaving your vehicle parked at OSMP trailheads. Also consider leaving important valuables at home or take them with you while visiting open space. To report suspicious activity please call City of Boulder Dispatch 303-441-3333 or Boulder County Dispatch 303-441-4444. For crimes in progress, call 911 immediately.
At the Ranger Cottage, you will find park maps, brochures and information. Learn more about the Ranger Cottage.
Other Chautauqua Area Information
The Chautauqua Association provides lodging, concerts, cultural events, educational programs, recreation, historic preservation, and dining. 303-442-3282
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation maintains and accepts event reservations for the Chautauqua Lawn. 303-413-7200
Mesa Trail (6.9 mi; 410ft.) starts at the first turn at the top of Bluebell road (the emergency access road) that goes south from the trailhead. Long, sinuous, hilly and varied, it meanders south through forests and meadows beneath the Flatirons with connections to nearly all canyon trails along Boulder's Front Range. Near its southern end the Mesa Trail branches off twice to the Shadow Canyon Trail, but the main Mesa Trail goes eastward to end at the South Mesa Trailhead.
Baseline Trail (0.4 mi; 60ft) follows Baseline Road west to end at its first turn on the way up Flagstaff Mountain. Bluebell-Baird (0.7 mi; 340 ft.) branches southeast off the Amphitheater Trail and climbs a ridge, then follows the ridge south past the Chautauqua and Bluebell Mesa Trails to end at the Bluebell Road just behind the Bluebell Shelter.
Royal Arch - (0.8 mi; 880 ft.) starts near the Bluebell Shelter at the end of Bluebell Road leading south from the Trail Head. It goes into Bluebell Canyon, then climbs some switchbacks to gain a ridge. The trail drops into the drainage on the outer side of the ridge, climbs past the lovely Tangen Spring, then more steeply to end at Royal Arch.
Woods Quarry (0.3 mi; 230 ft.) starts about 0.4 miles up the Mesa Trail and ends in an abandoned quarry.
First-Second Flatiron Trail (1.1 mi; 960 ft. ) starts from the Bluebell-Baird Trail, goes south to two trail signs, then west to begin switching back and forth between the First and Second Flatirons. It ends at the saddle between the First Flatiron and Sunset Rock.
Second-Third Flatiron Trail (0.3 mi; 300 ft.) starts from the Bluebell-Baird Trail, goes south to two trail signs, then southwest to the base of the Second Flatiron, then east to end at the junction of the Flatiron Trail.
Third Flatiron Climbing Access Trail (0.5 mi; 650 ft.) starts on Bluebell Road near the Bluebell Shelter. Goes northwest, then southwest and climbs to the junction of the Second-Third Flatiron Trail. Continues up to a talus field and the junction of the Third Flatiron Descent Trail. Ends at the start of the Third Flatiron Standard East Face climbing route. Third Flatiron Descent Trail (0.2 mi; 480 ft.) starts in the saddle to the west of the summit of the Third Flatiron. Begins to descend north, then east, down through a talus field to end at the Third Flatiron Trail.
Horses are allowed on most trails. On-trail riding is encouraged to protect rare plants and wildlife habitat. Learn more about riding your horse on OSMP.
The City of Boulder began preserving wild lands over 100 years ago! In 1898, Boulder residents approved a bond issue to purchase 80 acres of land to be used as a "Chautauqua." Over the next 22 years, Flagstaff Mountain, Bear Mountain, Royal Arch, and Green Mountain were added to the early protected land system. Chautauqua Dining Hall and Auditorium was built in 1898. Chautauqua Ranger Cottage was built in 1987.
Check out the self-guided Cultural Resources History Hike - Chautauqua Historic Loop.