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Facilities at a Glance

Facilities are not reserved on the following holidays:

Fourth of July, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.

*Note: Flagstaff Mountain Summit facilities (Stone Shelter, Wood Shelter, and Sunrise Amphitheater) are closed seasonally from November 1 through April 30 every year.

 
Facility Capacity Grills Picnic Tables Bathroom Parking

Sunrise Amphitheater

150

0

Latrine

yes

Stone Shelter

150

3

28 outside, 2 inside

Latrine

yes

Wood (Jaycee) Shelter

150

1

2 inside, 2-3 outside

Latrine

yes

Halfway House

49

1

4 inside,
3 outside

Latrine

yes

Bluebell Shelter

50

0

2-3 outside

Latrine

 no

Green Mountain Lodge

50

1

3 inside, 2 outside

No

no

Notes:

There is NO ELECTRICITY OR WATER  available at any of the facilities. Restrooms are cleaned once a week on Fridays. There is no janitorial service on weekends.

Maximum attendance is 150 people in any one time block for all Summit Facilities combined . Due to safety and fire code regulations, the OSMP department cannot allow more guests than what is listed above.

The picnic shelter located by the Chautauqua Auditorium is managed by the Boulder Chautauqua Association. Call 303-442-3282 for more information and reservations.

The grassy lawn at Chautauqua Park is managed by City of Boulder Parks and Recreation and can be reserved by calling 303-413-7200.                                                           

FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN SUMMIT FACILITIES

  • Directions: 3.5 miles up Flagstaff Road, turn right at Realization Point and follow to Summit area about 1/2 mile. 
  • Maximum attendance is 150 in any one time block (all Summit facilities combined).
  • Flagstaff Mountain Summit facilities are closed seasonally from November 1 through April 30 in any given year.

Sunrise Amphitheater

The Sunrise Amphitheater on the summit of Flagstaff Mountain is a popular location for weddings between May and October. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-34, the Amphitheater is a rustic outdoor facility made from local stone. It features a large circular area, a small stage, seating for 150, and magnificent views.

The facility is accessed by following Flagstaff Road about 3.5 miles from where it leaves Baseline Road and ascends Flagstaff Mountain to its junction with the Flagstaff Summit Road. Turn right on Flagstaff Summit Road near the Realization Point parking area and follow it for about half a mile to the summit of Flagstaff Mountain. The Sunrise Amphitheater is located at the east end of the Flagstaff summit area beneath the large flagpole. 

  • 150 people maximum. Maximum attendance is 150 people in any one time block for all Summit Facilities combined .
  • Stage
  • Latrines nearby (wheelchair accessible)
  • No firewood available/collecting firewood prohibited
  • Wheelchair accessible to seating area (For wheelchair accesiblity to the stage, please notify the OSMP Administration Office for a ramp.)
  • No electricity or water

Stone Shelter

The Stone Shelter is located on the summit of Flagstaff Mountain and is available for groups of up to 150. Originally known as the Flagstaff Shelter House, this facility was constructed by the Boulder Lions Club in 1933. It is a roofed moss rock structure with two inside picnic tables, one fireplace, and open-air windows. Twenty large picnic tables are located just outside the shelter. Although fires are permitted unless otherwise posted, no firewood is available and collecting firewood is prohibited.

  • 150 people maximum. Maximum attendance is 150 people in any one time block for all Summit Facilities combined .
  • 28 large picnic tables outside
  • Three grills
  • Covered area for about 25 people
  • Dimensions: 33' X 21'
  • Fireplace
  • Latrines nearby
  • No firewood available/collecting firewood prohibited
  • No electricity or water

Wood (Jaycee) Shelter

The Wood Shelter (also known as the Jaycee Shelter) is located on the summit of Flagstaff Mountain across from the Stone Shelter. It is a covered, open-air wooden facility that is available for group picnics and other events.

  • 150 people maximum. Maximum attendance is 150 people in any one time block for all Summit Facilities combined .
  • 8 picnic tables
  • Covered area for approximately 50 people
  • One large grill
  • One long, narrow serving table
  • Latrines nearby
  • No firewood available/collecting firewood prohibited
  • No electricity or water
  • Wheelchair accessible from parking lot to shelter

OTHER OPEN SPACE & MOUNTAIN PARKS FACILITIES

(Available year-round)

Green Mountain Lodge

Historic Green Mountain Lodge was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to be enjoyed by the people of Boulder for special events, camps, programs and parties. It is a historical landmark and is an element of the Boulder County Flagstaff Mountain Cultural Landscape District. It is located on the Ranger Trail and requires an approximately 0.25 mile walk from the Realization Point parking area on Flagstaff Mountain.

  • Maximum capacity 50 ($100 key deposit required)
  • Must walk 1/4 mile to shelter
  • Beautiful mountain location near popular trails
  • Two operational fireplaces with fireplace tools
  • Three indoor and two outdoor picnic tables
  • One grill
  • Outdoor patio
  • Covered seating for approximately 40
  • Visitors must bring their own firewood as collecting on OSMP is not allowed
  • No overnight camping is allowed
  • No water or electricity
  • No restroom
  • Trash generated must be packed out with group

Halfway House

The Halfway House is an enclosed stone facility that is available by reservation for groups of up to 49 people. Originally known as the Panorama Park Shelter House, the facility was rebuilt in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, replacing a structure that was originally built by the Lions Club in 1919. The Halfway House is a popular location for weddings and picnics and has a lovely stone patio that affords magnificent views of the Boulder Valley. The patio is wheelchair accessible via a short trail from the parking area; the structure itself is not. The Halfway House is located across from the Flagstaff Restaurant, about 1.2 miles up Flagstaff Road on the east side.

  • 49 people maximum ($100 key deposit required)
  • Dimensions: 43' X 26'
  • PARKING LIMITED, CAR POOLING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (only eight parking spaces)
  • Four tables inside and three outside shelter
  • Covered seating for approximately 40
  • Patio
  • Stone fireplace
  • One grill outside
  • Latrines 150 yards south
  • No firewood available/collecting firewood prohibited
  • No electricity or water
  • Wheelchair accessible (trail and patio only)

Bluebell Shelter- approximately 3/4 mile south of Chautauqua Trailhead and Ranger Cottage on Bluebell Road (hike in only).

The Bluebell Shelter is a covered, open-air stone facility available for group picnics and other activities. It was constructed by the Lions Club in 1921. It is located at the end of Bluebell Road, a closed emergency access road that originates at the entrance to Chautauqua Park. Because the road is closed to vehicles, use of the Bluebell Shelter requires an approximately 0.75 mile walk from the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage.

  • Emergency access gate stays closed; no vehicles allowed; must walk 3/4 mile to shelter
  • 50 people maximum
  • Dimensions (shelter and patio): 46' X 26'
  • Two picnic tables
  • Covered seating for approximately 15
  • Small outdoor amphitheater
  • Fireplace
  • No firewood available/collecting firewood prohibited
  • Latrines 100 yards downhill
  • No electricity or water

Small Facilities

There are a number of picnic tables throughout Open Space & Mountain Parks that are available for public use. These do not require reservations and may be used on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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