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Things to do in Flatirons

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“One of the most amazing views and hikes in my humble opinion. Lots of really great, family friendly hiking in Boulder, Colorado just 40 minutes northwest of Denver. It's worth the trip. Make a day of it and go to Pearl St. Mall there too.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Route
“This is also a consistent uphill, but this one is mostly natural stairs (great views at the top, you pop out between the flatirons). 1.5hrs round-trip. There are many different trails in Chautauqua, so you can find something easier too. A popular well-marked area. Bring water!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Route
“In the summer time, this trail gets very crowded. Escape the heat and crowds by beginning early.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“My favorite trail close to home. Spectacular views and access to the flatirons.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“The hike up to Royal Arch in Boulder’s Chautauqua Park is a serious workout, but the beauty of Bluebell canyon and the view of Royal Arch make it worth the journey. It can be very crowded on the weekends, but the view is spectacular. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Fantastic views from top in all directions. You can start at the Gregory Canyon Trailhead or off of Flagstaff Road for the shorter version.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“Shaded Trail. Perfect for those hot days! Toddler friendly and great for all ages. Go up and back or loop around and connect with other trails to make for a longer hike.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Best hike in Boulder in my opinion. Best view of the plains to the East, and the Indian Peaks to the west. 2 hours up 1.5 hours down.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Hike the Flatirons for both a workout and an excellent view of Boulder and beyond!”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“It's great 2 hour hike. You get a great view of Boulder. The sunrise and sunset were amazing at the top. ”
  • 1 local recommends