Boulder Canyon


Image looking down at a road winding through rocky Boulder Canyon from above

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

Current Conditions: The seasonal area closures protecting nesting birds of prey have been lifted. As of 6/8/21 areas previously closed by this order are now open.
Restrictions: Seasonal area closures protect nesting birds of prey from February 1 through approximately July 31. 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-01-2020 and Exhibit I for information on this area closure). For more information about this closure, our partners who help manage it, and other Front Range raptor closures, please visit the Boulder Climbing Community website.
Closest Towns: Boulder and Nederland, Colorado
Water: Boulder Creek; treat water before drinking
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Rock Climbing

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.


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Scenic Driving

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Areas & Activities


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