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Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park


  • Picnic Area  (no shelters to reserve)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Demonstration Garden
  • Hiking Trails (Open Space and Mountain Parks)
  • Bike Racks
  • Parking Lot and Street Parking
  • RTD Access
  • Bike Route Access


Chautauqua Park – Playground Renovation Project

In 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department allocated Capital Improvement funds to renovate the playground at Chautauqua Park. Currently, the city is engaging the community to develop a preferred conceptual design regarding improvements to the Chautauqua Park playground and tennis court.  

Chautauqua Area Information

Park to Park Free Shuttle to Chautauqua

Visit the Park to Park webpage to find out more about the summer parking changes and the FREE shuttle to the Chautauqua Park.




Chautauqua Association

The Chautauqua Association provides lodging, concerts, cultural events, educational programs, recreation, historic preservation, Community House reservations and dining . 303-442-3282

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

Open Space and Mountain Parks manages the Chautauqua Trailhead and accepts event reservations for mountain park shelters and the Sunrise Amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountain. 303-441-3440

City of Boulder Parks and Recreation

January 2021 update: Indoor and outdoor personal gatherings: up to 10 people from a maximum of two separate households with face coverings and social distance of 6 feet.  Parks and Recreation maintains and accepts Large Group permission requests for groups between 50 and 100 people- currently suspended due to COVID.  Contact 303-413-7200

Nature Play Opportunities

Chautauqua Park provides families with access to Open Space Mountain Park trails, which have a wide range of opportunities for children’s unstructured interaction with nature. In the park itself, children are found playing freely on the open turf and along the park’s edges, with an iconic view of the Flatirons.

Chautauqua Park History

Chautauqua Park is a portion of an iconic historic landmark dating back to when the City of Boulder began preserving wild lands over 100 years ago. In 1898, Boulder residents approved a bond issue to purchase 80 acres to be used as a “Chautauqua”. The park land owned by Boulder Parks and Recreation is located adjacent to OSMP trails, Chautauqua Dining Hall and Auditorium, and Chautauqua Ranger Cottage and provides a playground, tennis courts, and open turf.