Locals love Chautauqua Park for its excellent hiking, beautiful setting and unique heritage. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874 in New York State to provide art, culture and entertainment to adults. Assemblies, as they were called, sprang up across the country, including Boulder. Colorado Chautauqua first gathered under the Flatirons on July 4, 1898, bringing to the Rockies this idealistic movement established to nurture lifelong learning, as well as a love of nature. Boulder’s Chautauqua has been going strong ever since. Its facilities, including the landmark Auditorium that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Community House and the great lawn, host the Colorado Music Festival (summer only), a weekly silent film series and numerous other public events. Many of the simple little Chautauqua Cottages are available for rent with the greatest availability in fall, winter, and spring. The Dining Hall is one of Boulder’s most beguiling restaurants; try for a table on the wrap-around porch when weather permits Chautauqua Park attracts picnickers, sun-worshippers and hikers and rock climbers using the park’s trailheads.
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