Following Boulder Creek, this nature corridor provides about a 6-mile-long oasis and recreation area through the city and west into the mountains. With no street crossings (there are bridges and underpasses instead), the path is popular with Boulder residents, especially on weekends, when you’ll see numerous walkers, runners, bicyclists, and in-line skaters. (Walkers should stay to the right; the left lane is for faster traffic.) The path links the CU campus, several city parks, and office buildings. Near the east end, watch for deer, prairie-dog colonies, and wetlands, where some 150 species of birds have been spotted. You might see Canada geese, mallard ducks, spotted sandpipers, owls, and woodpeckers.


The Eben G. Fine Park ★ PARK/GARDEN is named for the Boulder pharmacist who discovered Arapaho Glacier on nearby Arapaho Peak. To the west, Red Rocks Settlers’ Park marks the beginning of the Boulder Canyon Pioneer Trail, which leads to a continuation of Boulder Creek Path. The park is named for Missouri gold-seekers who camped at this spot in 1858 and later found gold about 12 miles farther west. The path ends at Four Mile Canyon, the old town site of Orodell. Note: The trail sustained serious damage during flooding in September 2013, but it has reopened in its entirety.