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Popular amenities for Boulder vacation rentals

Stay near Boulder's top sights

Pearl Street205 locals recommend
Pearl Street Mall591 locals recommend
Chautauqua Park649 locals recommend
Folsom Field21 locals recommend
Central Park4 locals recommend
Boulder Theater165 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Boulder

  • Total rentals

    1.5K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    68K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    840 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    380 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    220 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    890 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Boulder

Welcome to Boulder

Just 30 minutes from Denver and surrounded by 45,000 acres of protected open space, Boulder is an outdoor lover’s town with urban flair. Located in the Boulder Valley where the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains collide, its geographical mascot is The Flatirons — craggy sandstone formations that tower above the town. The unique makeup of Boulder’s citizenry includes more than 35,000 University of Colorado students, techies plugged into the town’s thriving startup scene, scientists working at three national laboratories, and world-renowned athletes who come here to train at high altitude. They all contribute to the town’s crunchy play-hard culture; this is a place as much known for health food restaurants as it is for a booming brewery scene. Boulder has all the charm and recreational opportunities of a mountain village with the culture of a much larger city.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Boulder

Boulder enjoys roughly 300 days of sunshine a year, and a mild climate thanks to its high altitude. That means even on balmy days, you may be in for a crisp evening. Spring in Boulder is warm and sunny, and Pearl Street is covered in thousands of tulips. Summer is a busy festival season, but also brings the hottest weather, particularly in August. In fall the leaves change color and temperatures dip, but are usually pleasant for hiking. Winter is a peaceful low season, accompanied by moderate snow. Any time you visit you’re likely to find several events going on, celebrating ideas ranging from classical music to yoga. In May, international crowds gather for the hugely popular BOLDERBoulder 10k Road Race.

Top things to do in Boulder

Chautauqua Park

Head to this gorgeous park at the base of the Flatiron Mountains to tromp more than 40 miles of scenic hiking trails and get a little closer to those dramatic rock formations. The grounds are also home to an auditorium that hosts the Colorado Music Festival, which features international artists over six weeks in July and August.

Media Archaeology Lab

Located on the University of Boulder campus, this unique collection of historical devices includes phonograph players, Commodore 64 computers, and other relics of technology’s past. They all work, and visitors are encouraged to get hands-on with the collection. Visits are by appointment only.

Go Tubing

Few activities embody the pace of summer more than lazily bobbing along, toes in the water, sun on your face, and your bum in a tube. You can launch a tubing trip on Boulder Creek where it curves through Eben G. Fine Park, just a short walk from the town’s commercial center, and spend the day floating along. Tubing season is roughly May through June. You can buy or rent tubes in town, as well as schedule a pickup once you’re ready to dry off.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Boulder?

    Boulder has a semi-arid climate. Summers are warm with average highs of 85°F (29°C), while winters can be chilly with average lows of 22°F (-6°C). The city receives ample sunshine year-round, and while it does experience snowfall in winter, it often melts quickly due to the frequent sunny days.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Boulder?

    Boulder is well-known for its outdoor adventures. Hiking the various trails in Chautauqua Park, exploring the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus, and shopping for local produce at the Boulder Farmers Market are often recommended activities. You can also learn about the region's history at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Boulder?

    Spring and fall are often the most popular times to visit Boulder, with mild temperatures perfect for outdoor activities. The Boulder Creek Festival in May and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival that runs from June through August are two popular local events that draw visitors each year.

  • What are the best places to stay in Boulder?

    Downtown Boulder is a frequently suggested area to stay for its proximity to restaurants, shops, and the Pearl Street Mall. The University Hill neighborhood, close to the University of Colorado, is also popular. Those seeking a quieter stay might enjoy North Boulder's suburban feel and easy access to nature trails.

  • What are the best places to visit in Boulder?

    Visitors to Boulder often enjoy exploring the Flatirons, a series of rock formations in the Boulder Mountain Park. The Pearl Street Mall, an outdoor shopping center, and the University of Colorado Boulder are also popular sites. For those interested in science, the National Center for Atmospheric Research provides fascinating exhibits.

  • What are some hiking trails in Boulder?

    Boulder has a wealth of hiking trails. The Royal Arch Trail, a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) round trip trail in Chautauqua Park, offers stunning views. Mount Sanitas Trail is another popular choice, with a challenging 3.1-mile (5 km) loop. The 5.5-mile (8.9 km) Mesa Trail is a gentler option with beautiful scenery.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Boulder?

    Rocky Mountain National Park, just 70 miles (113 km) away, is a popular day trip from Boulder offering hiking, wildlife viewing, and stunning mountain scenery. The city of Denver, with its museums and art galleries, is also a frequently suggested day trip, located just 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Boulder.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Boulder?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 890 vacation rentals in Boulder featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Boulder?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Boulder. Choose from more than 380 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there Boulder vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 220 vacation homes with pools in Boulder, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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