At a Glance

Orientation

Location and orientation
Boulder is located in north central Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For newcomers arriving at Denver International Airport and heading northwest toward Boulder, the view of the wall of mountains rising up from the plain is striking. Boulder is about 48 km/30 mi from Denver.

Directly west of Boulder are the Flatirons, stone formations making up the foothills of the imposing Rocky Mountains.

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