Best Trails in Boulder, Colorado

By Dom Nozzi

The city of Boulder, Colorado has a large number of high-quality, scenic trails throughout its urban area. The following trails are the best trails I have hiked or biked in Boulder.

Sanitas Trail/Dakota Ridge Trail

Royal Arch Trail

Mallory Cave Trail

1st & 2nd Flatirons Trail

Red Rocks Trail

Boulder Creek Path

Betasso Loop Trail

Walker Ranch Trail

Saddle Rock, EM Greenman, Ranger Trails

Mesa Trail

Green Mountain West Ridge to Green Mountain Summit

Bear Canyon, Bear Peak West Ridge

Woods Quarry Trail

Doudy Draw/Community Ditch Trail

Marshall Mesa Trail

Eagle Trail/Sage Trail

Foothills/Hogback Ridge Trail


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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