• Picnic Area
  • Restroom

Trailhead Description

The Chautauqua area is popular and can become very crowded with hikers when the weather is nice. Parking can be a challenge. Many trails are accessible from Chautauqua.

Chautauqua Ranger Cottage

At the Ranger Cottage, you will find park maps, brochures and information. Learn more about the Ranger Cottage.


Located at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, on the east side of front porch, and at the top of Bluebell Road.

Picnic Facilities

Located at the Bluebell Shelter.
The picnic building by the auditorium is under Chautauqua Association.

Other Chautauqua Area Information

Chautauqua Association

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 issues Large Group use permits for 50-100 on the grass open Chautauqua Lawn. 303-413-7200 "o" for operator.


Located at the intersection of Grant Pl and Baseline Rd


Because parking is very limited in the Chautauqua Park (Grant and Baseline streets) 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 with 48 standard parking spaces, as well as limited street parking around the Chautauqua Lawn.

Overflow street parking can be found along Baseline Road and further north. 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.

Park to Park Free Shuttle to Chautauqua

There is a fee to park at Chautauqua in the summer months. Visit the Park to Park webpage to find out more about the summer parking changes and the FREE shuttle to the Chautauqua Park.

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Area Info


This area is identified as being mobility-friendly. See the Visitors Experiencing Disabilities Page for trail details.

Bike Regulations

Bicycles are not allowed on the trails in the Chautauqua area.

Dog Regulations

Chautauqua Area Dog Regulations Map

Learn about bringing your dog to OSMP. Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times unless they meet the voice and sight control standard and display a City of Boulder Voice and Sight tag. Dog excrement removal is required by law. A dog station is available to aid in the collection of dog excrement.

Horse Regulations

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.


Black bears and mountain lions inhabit this area. Many other wildlife species are common including birds of prey, mule deer and coyotes.