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Boulder Creek Path Curates the Best of Colorado Culture

Boulder Creek Path promises memorable art, food and outdoor adventure

The world is waiting patiently to be explored again. The current public health crisis has closed landmarks, parks, and trails across the country as citizens stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. As the weather turns warmer and government officials promise a light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, many people are eagerly planning their return to the great outdoors.

Colorado is brimming with places to explore. Boulder Creek Path is one of the most versatile. In addition to plenty of options for outdoor recreation, it offers markets, festivals, art, and more.

Here are just a few of the sights and activities to check out along its breathtaking, five-and-a-half-mile route.

Tube to Work Day along Boulder Creek Path draws hundreds of bold Boulder residents in full business attire. [ Colvi Photography]

Special events along Boulder Creek Path

Although the biggest event on the trail, Boulder Creek Festival is usually held Memorial Day weekend, organizers have postponed the event until July 31st. Known as the “unofficial kickoff to summer,” the three-day event is packed with food, entertainment, and a host of other activities.

The Boulder Creek Hometown Festival, set for Labor Day weekend, is Boulder’s final sendoff to summer as it ushers in the fall season. It features craft exhibits, markets, and beer festivals, and children’s events.

One of the most popular events on Boulder Creek Path, Tube to Work Day, is set for July 17th. Boulder residents, in full business attire, will grab their briefcases, jump in a tube, and set off down the creek as visitors line the bank to cheer them on.

An abundance of art

Boulder Creek is home to a unique group of artists who stack creek rocks into towering sculptures that rise above the creek’s current. Visitors to Boulder Creek Path can watch the artists as they work between the 9th and 13th Street bridges.

Art takes the stage in plenty of other ways along the path. Just west of 9th Street, visitors can stroll through a beautiful sculpture garden. Further down the trail, they’ll find the Flood Monument that marks water levels for some of the area’s historic floods.

Along the route, bright murals jump out from underpasses and buildings, and even the neighboring architecture, like the Boulder Teahouse, assumes its own special form of art.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art stands next door to the teahouse and boasts three galleries and a theater dedicated to the history and evolution of contemporary art.

Walk, ride or float along Boulder Creek Path

There are lots of ways to take in the sights along Boulder Creek Path.

With plenty of shade and the cool breeze from the creek, it’s a popular spot for walkers and runners. Bike rentals dot the route, making it easy to hop on a bike from the city’s bike-sharing program or rent a cruiser to see the trail in comfort and style. Trail goers can even rent a tube or kayak to zip down the creek itself.

From picnicking to fishing to bird watching — there’s always something new to discover along Boulder Creek Path.

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