Sunny Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park is a popular park in Boulder, CO. This photo was taken just after sunrise as the sun bathed down on the park while the park was still relatively quiet. The park has a ton of great hiking trails and every morning of my short time in Boulder, I was out on the trails bright and early, enjoying the natural beauty nestled right along the edge of the city.

Empty hiking trail soaked in early morning sun

Cloudy day at the Flatirons

Boulder, Colorado is a pretty great town. Not only is it home to the University of Colorado and a really cool downtown (breakfast at Snooze: an a.m. Eatery is delicious), the town has some great hiking that starts right in town, not to mention Rocky Mountain National Park being a short drive away. Chautauqua Park has several great trails with panoramic views of the city and the mountains bordering the city. The trail leading up to the Flatirons (which, as you can see, are appropriately named) in particular has some rather stunning views. As you can see, the clouds on this day looked a little menacing but not wanting to miss out on any of the views, I pushed on with my hike as long as possible. By the time I got back to the trailhead, the rain was pouring down pretty good, but it was well worth it to get a little (or more accurately, a lot) wet to see the views.

View of one of the flatirons while hiking in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado