by Fletcher McDonald

Weekday hiking can be rough if you work a nine to five, but if you are lucky enough to live near or in Boulder then that’s not a real issue. In 2014, Boulder voters passed a 0.3% sales tax that generates approximately 27 million dollars of revenue a year, and Chataqua is one of the beneficiaries of that slight and temporary increase.

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Near the trailhead at Chataqua Park

Chataqua Park is a beautiful park and open space and is home to some good hikes; one of my favorites is the Royal Arch trail. Little under 3.5 miles, it has some challenging elevation gain and a great view at the end, but can also be completed in only a couple of hours. It isn’t long enough that you need a camelback, just come hydrated and with a bottle of water, and maybe a snack 😉

The trailhead is off of Baseline Road, pretty much a straight shot from Highway 36. There’s a small parking lot and street parking nearby.

Autumn has some amazing views, with a fair variety of flora lining the trail, and a few chipmunks at the top. Other than the chipmunks, however, I haven’t seen any other wildlife.

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The trail features some great foliage, much of which will show you great colors during the fall.

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The Royal Arch. Random strangers will accidentally or intentionally photobomb you – beware.

Host to amazing views year round, Royal Arch is well worth the effort.

Happy Travels,
Fletch

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The eastern face of the Front Range.

References

“Front Range.” Colorado State Parks | Colorado.com, www.colorado.com/front-range.
“Front Range.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 2 Aug. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_Range.
“Chautauqua Home.” The Colorado Chautauqua Association, www.chautauqua.com/.
“Chautauqua Park.” Parks and Recreation History, bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/chautauqua-park.
“Chautauqua Trailhead.” Parks and Recreation History, bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/chautauqua-trailhead.
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