Take a Walk!
The city introduced the Boulder Walks program to celebrate walking, highlight historic and cultural resources, and emphasize the health and community benefits of walking.
In partnership with Colorado-based Walk2Connect, Boulder Walks provides opportunities for neighbors to connect with one another and with where they live and gives community members an active way to engage in pedestrian planning activities. By walking and working together, we invest in a more walkable city.
While the city was not able to put on our typical Walk & Bike Month events this year due to COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines, you can still celebrate Walk & Bike Month on your own by doing these self-guided walking tours. Thanks to the members of the Pedestrian Action Committee (PAC) for coming up with many of these routes!
Below is an interactive map of the self-guided walking tours, followed by PDFs for each tour that contain directions and a Caltopo link that will bring up an interactive version of the route directly on your phone. All the tours are in this one PDF document, and you can also find out more in the individual tabs below.
Boulder Walks Maps
Boulder Walk 360 "Slow Marathon" Loop
Circle the “Boulder Bubble” by foot on this ~26-mile adventure around the city. This route connects dirt trails, paved multi-use paths, sidewalks, streets without sidewalks, and alleyways, giving urban hikers a whole new perspective on how systems and neighborhoods are connected throughout the city.
To hike the whole route in one day, we recommend starting in the north and hiking the western segments first (counter-clockwise), but the route can also be accomplished in halves or quarters, at your leisure.
North Boulder Self-Guided Walking Tours
Get to know the Melody-Catalpa neighborhood with this easy 2-mile/3.45-kilometer walk, with an optional 1-mile walk south to the Community Plaza shops for refreshment.
Go Gaga for Greenways
Follow Boulder's beautiful greenways, walking alongside water and through north Boulder neighborhoods on this adventure, which can be completed in two ways: follow the large loop (dark blue) for a 10-mile walk or the small loop (light blue) for a 5-mile walk. Start both loops at Valmont City Park (or anywhere along the route you like!).
Gunbarrel Gateway to the Lakes
Get out for a beautiful early morning or late-afternoon hike from Gunbarrel to Coot Lake or Boulder Reservoir (or both!) on this route, walking a total of 4.3 miles (around Coot Lake), 8 miles (around Boulder Reservoir), or 9 miles (both lake loops plus connector trail).
Central Boulder Self-Guided Walking Tours
Downtown West Walk
This is a pleasant walk around the western part of downtown Boulder, which takes about 40 minutes (1.6 miles/2.7 kilometers).
High Points Walk
This route starts east of Broadway near Casey Middle School. It is 1.4 miles/2.2 kilometers and takes about 45 minutes to an hour, owing to elevation gain.
Here is a 40-minute walk that gives you a good leg workout, is light on the car traffic, and has the BEST views in Boulder — you can see every one of Boulder's peaks on this 2-mile (3-kilometer) urban hike.
Scenic Workout Loop
This long-distance route (7.3 miles/11.8 kilometers) highlights scenic streets in central Boulder and is ideal for cooler weather or an early morning workout.
Boulder Mural and Street Art Tour
Visit a variety of murals commissioned by Boulder’s StreetWise Arts, street art paintings by local artist SMiLE, and other works of public art on this 4.75-mile tour through central Boulder and the CU campus. Optional: add a 2-mile loop south to visit several works on the walls of the old Wendy's restaurant building at 27th Way and Moorhead Avenue.
East Boulder Self-Guided Walking Tours
East Boulder Loop
This 3.4-mile/5.5-kilometer walk provides plenty of shade for summer exercise, as well as a delightful wander through the Meadow Glen neighborhood.
South Boulder Self-Guided Walking Tours
South Boulder Loop
This 2-mile/3.2 kilometer hike on close-in open space in South Boulder offers great views and lots of room for physical distancing.
Boulder is a place where walking is both desirable and enjoyable. GO Boulder’s Boulder Walks program aims to celebrate and encourage walking as a travel choice for residents and employees. Why? Because walking not only supports whole-health outcomes, it also encourages a sense of connection to places and to people.
GO Boulder’s Boulder Walks program was initiated in summer 2013 as a part of the 2012-2014 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update. In 2013 and 2014, Boulder Walks consisted of a series of walkabouts and walk audits with Boulder community members in neighborhoods across the city. In 2015, the program expanded to a series of community-based walks and walk audits.