Cottages and Camping in Boulder
The Chautauqua Cottages
900 Baseline Road (map)
The dozens of historic cottages at Chautauqua Park are available to rent on a nightly basis. The cottages range from efficiency to three-bedroom units, and provide unparalleled access to Chautauqua Park, the flatirons, and Flagstaff mountain. Rates are quite reasonable for Boulder. All of the cottages are comfortably furnished, and have fully equipped kitchens. Note, however, that the cottages do not have phones, and that daily housekeeping services are not provided. Cell phone and Wifi service is generally available. If you like the idea of stepping from your back porch onto a hiking trail, definitely consider Chautauqua.
The Boulder Mountain Lodge
91 Fourmile Canyon Drive (map)
For visitors who are wondering where to camp in Boulder, the Boulder Mountain Lodge is your answer. Located several miles up Boulder Canyon near the juncture with Fourmile Canyon, the Boulder Mountain Lodge offers campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for campsites are not accepted. Rustic, basic kitchenettes and cabin rooms are also available.
National Forest mountain camping
various locations near Nederland and Ward
In the mountains high above Boulder are a variety of National Forest campgrounds. Note that at elevations greater than 8000 feet, summer afternoon showers are common and nights can be rather chilly — please plan accordingly. Popular campsites include the Kelly-Dahl campground, located three miles south of Nederland on Highway 119 (map); the Pawnee Campground, located at Brainard Lake near Ward (map); and the Peacefully Valley/Camp Dick campground, 18 miles north of Nederland on Highway 72 (map). These campgrounds charge a US Forest Service fee (plus a Brainard Lake fee at Pawnee). Most sites fill up during peak seasonal times.
The Boulder International Hostel
1107 12th Street (map)
Located in the University Hill district, the Boulder International Hostel attracts visitors from around the world. Some travelers love the hostel experience; interacting with other visitors is part of the fun. Both private and dorm-style rooms are available. Note that standard hostel policies apply, including the strict requirement of having a foreign passport or a domestic driver's license for ID. Dorm room accommodation is only offered to travelers from outside the state of Colorado. Call for a full list of policies and prices.