Carved by the rushing waters of Middle Boulder Creek, Boulder Canyon is popular for scenic driving, fishing and rock climbing. Land in this area is a mix of city, county, national forest and private lands. Have a map showing land ownership if you plan on venturing away from the main road. Watch for signs alerting to private land or area closures.
The Motor Vehicle Use Map for the Boulder Ranger District displays roads open to motorized travel and is available online and at the Boulder Ranger District offfice.
At a Glance
Annual area closures are implemented on February 1 to protect nesting birds of prey. Current Status as of February 1, 2016: Eagle Rock CLOSED, Blob Rock CLOSED, Bitty Buttress CLOSED, Security Risk CLOSED. Happy Hour, Bihedral and Riviera will remain open as long as visitors stay out of the closed areas.
Parking is prohibited from dusk to dawn (no camping) along this County Road.
Seasonal area closures protect nesting birds of prey from February 1 through approximately July 31 each year. The length of this closure varies each year and may be partially lifted earlier than July depending upon conditions. When in effect, signs are posted in closure areas (UFC-01-12 and Exhibit G for information on this area closure).
Boulder and Nederland, Colorado
Boulder Creek; treat water before drinking
Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us
The granite walls of Boulder Canyon have attracted rock climbers for decades. Lands in Boulder Canyon are managed by private landowners, the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and the United States Forest Service.
Colorado Highway 119 runs 17 miles up Boulder Canyon from Boulder to Nederland. The two-lane paved highway has pullouts and picnic areas where visitors can picnic and enjoy the waters of Boulder Creek. Further scenic driving can be had along the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway, which intersects in Nederland.