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Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park

Parks are open for passive recreation (walking, running, biking), and some additional amenities; check specific parks for details on the  interactive map . These facilities will remain open as long as visitors adhere to all state and local operating protocols. This is subject to change based on future recommendations and/or requirements from city, county, state or government authorities. 
Spread awareness of  Leave No Trace™  principles and encourages park users to reduce, reuse and recycle.


  • Picnic Area  (no shelters to reserve)
  • Playground - renovation completed May 2021
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Court/Pickelball
  • Demonstration Garden
  • Hiking Trails (Open Space and Mountain Parks)
  • Bike Racks
  • 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.

Chautauqua Area Information

Park to Park Free Summer Weekends Shuttle to Chautauqua

Visit the Park to Park webpage to find out more about the summer weekends and holidays parking fees and the FREE shuttle to 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

 Parks and Recreation maintains and accepts Large Group permission requests for groups up to Max of 100 people- currently allowing Right of Life private permits. $100.00 Deposit.  Contact 303-413-7200 - Press 0 for Operator 
Emails to  [email protected] 

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.

Historic Places Plan (HiPP)

The Parks and Recreation Department owns and manages twelve culturally relevant and historically designated resources. The Historic Places Plan (HiPP) will serve as a guide for the department in stewarding these resources ensure their vibrant integrity and preservation within the community. To learn more visit the HiPP Project Page.