This area of Boulder offers amazing unobstructed views of the flatirons and front range. Catch a beautiful sunrise without leaving the city of Boulder!

A great place to watch the sunrise in Boulder is at NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Park in the parking lot at the top of the hill, and if you're feeling up to it, you can walk south for about 10 minutes to an adjacent hill with beautiful views. Either way, you will want to get there a bit before sunrise to catch the light on the flatirons! Breathtaking on most days (anytime there are no clouds blocking the view).

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Warm layers
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Yoga
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Hike Woods Quarry

You can start from Chautauqua Park, but I prefer to start at NCAR, especially since there is ample parking and you can take a bathroom break inside before hitting the trail.

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Scramble Angel's Way

Angel's Way is an amazing 8 pitch rock climb scramble (5.2) that is tucked away in Skunk Canyon, hidden from the crowds of Chautauqua.

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Trail Run Near Boulder - NCAR Hill Climb

The NCAR Hill Climb, so named because it ends at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is popular with cyclists, but is a great choice for runners as well.

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