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: Closures protect nesting birds of prey Feb 1 through late July.
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-01-12 and Exhibit G for information on this area closure).
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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Scenic Driving

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Scenic Driving

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.

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Areas & Activities

Campgrounds At-A-Glance


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