The Colorado Chautauqua is considered THE western representation of the “chautauqua movement” that swept the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is the only chautauqua west of the Mississippi that has continuously operated with its original structures intact, largely used for their original purposes. Located at the base of the Flatirons, the Colorado Chautauqua is one of only 26 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Colorado and one of the few remaining chautauquas in the United States. Now in its second century, the Colorado Chautauqua attracts over one million visitors each year while remaining committed to its historic purpose. We offer outstanding musical, arts and educational programs, charming accommodations in our historic cottages and lodges, indoor and outdoor meeting space, wedding and celebration venues, coffee, ice cream and shopping at our very own General Store, fine dining at the historic Dining Hall, and direct access to 40 miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space.


The Colorado Chautauqua preserves, perpetuates and improves the historic site and spirit of Chautauqua by enhancing its community and values through cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences.

    Statement of Values

The Chautauqua experience is based on lifelong learning, love of nature, voluntary simplicity, and music, oration and the arts. Historic significance, traditions, cultural relevance, respite and enrichment are among the community benefits provided by the Colorado Chautauqua.


The Colorado Chautauqua Association acknowledges that we exist on land that Indigenous Peoples have inhabited for more than 13,000 years. We lament the history of displacement of the Arapaho and Ute peoples, in particular, knowing that we have become the beneficiaries. We recognize Indigenous Peoples’ continuing love for this land and the valuable contributions they make to our community today.

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Cottages & Lodges

The Colorado Chautauqua offers a variety of lodging options, each with fully equipped kitchens and most with private screened in porches. Enjoy a relaxing stay, along with year-round cultural programming, a full-service Dining Hall, and unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities!

Concerts & Events

For over 120 years, the Colorado Chautauqua has offered the best in arts, culture, education and entertainment. Known worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, our historic Auditorium hosts a Summer Concert Series, the Colorado Music Festival, and many other unforgettable events!

Dining & Catering

Savor spectacular views from the historic Dining Hall’s enchanting wraparound porch while enjoying fresh, Colorado bistro cuisine, or order online and enjoy your meal in your cozy cottage. Catering is also available for your special event!

General Store

Stop by the newly restored General Store for an espresso drink, chai, ice cream, sandwich, salad or snack. While you are there, pick up a Chautauqua t-shirt or locally made gift to remember us by!


Nature is the best accelerator! Bring your team, breathe the fresh mountain air and watch as nature inspires fresh thinking and innovative ideas. Stay together in one of our lodges and have delicious meals catered that you will remember long after you go home.

Weddings & Gatherings

Say “I do” or host your social event in Boulder’s most photogenic setting! Choose an indoor or outdoor venue and our friendly event planners will help you create an event you will never forget!

Outdoor Activities

Step out your cottage door onto 40 miles of pristine hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. After your hike, play a game of frisbee, tennis, pickleball, or pickup. Want more excitement? We can point you in the right direction, whether it’s climbing, tubing, rafting, horseback riding or anything else you can imagine!


The Colorado Chautauqua is committed to becoming the most sustainably operated National Historic Landmark. Over the past several years, we have made sweeping changes to the way we operate as we continually explore strategies to conserve water and energy, divert waste from landfills, and utilize earth-friendly products, all while preserving the comfort and enjoyment of our guests.

Pet Friendly

Save the cost of boarding your dog and bring your four-legged friend to Chautauqua, otherwise known as “dog heaven.” For your convenience, Chautauqua has both pet-friendly and pet-free accommodations.