Located right against the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and at an altitude of 1,655 m (5,430 ft), Boulder is a famous gateway to exploring the natural beauty of the centennial state of Colorado. Only 30 km (18 miles) away lies the continental divide with many peaks above 4,000 m (13,100 ft). Rocky Mountain National Park with its beauty and wildlife is only about a one hour drive away. Of course the first settlers in 1858 were stunned by the beauty of the surrounding area, but also because of gold finds in the nearby mountains, evidence of which can still be seen today in many ghost towns.
Boulder is located about one mile above sea level and has a semi-arid climate with low humidity. Average highs in early August are 30°C (85°F) and lows are 15°C (60°F). During a typical summer day, it can get quite warm while in direct sunlight. For prolonged exposure, especially at higher elevations, be sure to bring sunscreen or other sun protection. Afternoon thunderstorms are common and lightning can be a serious threat, especially at higher elevations. To lessen the risk, hiking or other activities above treeline (about 3,500 m (11,500 ft)) should be started in the early morning and completed by noon. Because of the high elevation and dry climate, it is advisable to drink plenty of water.
What to do:
Many tourists like to explore the Pearl Street walking mall with lots of shops, restaurants and street performers. Located close to the mountains, Boulder is famous for its plethora of outdoor activities. From hiking and biking to whitewater kayaking and rock climbing, there are many ways to explore the natural habitat. For more urban pursuits, Denver is just 50 km (30 miles) away.