The beautiful rock arch at the end of Royal Arch Trail. —Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 3.2 miles round trip
Why we love it: It's a short but heart-pounding climb among Boulder’s Flatirons, which ends at a dramatic rock arch and a perfect rest spot to soak up some of the area’s best views.
When to go: This trail is at its best from mid-spring...
October 27 2015, 12:50 PM
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Sun’s out; guns out. And there’s hardly a better gun-shaping sport than rock climbing. But in order to reap the benefits of this very Colorado sport, you have to actually be able to get on your route. Fortunately, as we head into prime sending season, the Boulder-born climbing website Mountain...
April 29 2015, 11:00 AM
Boulder's spectacular backdrop from the Flatirons Vista North Trail.
Why we love it: This loop’s gentle gradient lets you focus on the eye-popping views of Boulder’s spectacular backdrop.
When to go: Whenever you feel like an open, sunny trail with grand vistas—or a mellow start to a much longer hike, run, or ride.
This flat 3.5-mile loop...
February 17 2015, 10:15 AM
Where: A supernatural-like image of rocks standing on edge taken by food editor Amanda M. Faison on the Mesa Trail in Bear Canyon, which begins at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
May 5 2014, 10:00 AM
Where: One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets is that a December day can be mistaken for any other season. This shot, taken by assistant editor Chris Outcalt, was on such a day at the Boulder Flatirons.
February 17 2014, 9:30 AM