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 28 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, music, oration and the arts. Historic significance, traditions, cultural relevance, respite and enrichment are among the community benefits provided by the Colorado Chautauqua.

  Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Chautauqua belongs to everyone. The Colorado Chautauqua Association honors, respects, and embraces people of all backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences. Chautauqua’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is reflected in everything we do, including our educational and arts programming, our outreach efforts, and our ever-expanding community partnerships. We welcome and encourage diverse perspectives as we continue to learn and grow in partnership with our community.


CCA is committed to expanding our justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) efforts throughout the organization and is committed to the following objectives:

Increasing opportunities for dialogue around JEDI topics.

Actively recruiting Board and staff members with diverse backgrounds.

Offering training and other educational opportunities on JEDI topics for Board members and Chautauqua staff.

Delivering intentional programming that reinforces CCA’s commitment to JEDI objectives.

Developing, expanding, and engaging in partnerships with diverse community organizations.

Communicating the Association’s JEDI goals and actions throughout the Chautauqua community and partner organizations



Chautauqua does not discriminate against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, native language, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, military status, political affiliation, or disability.   

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the Colorado Chautauqua Association is located on land that is the current and ancestral homeland of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute peoples. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide, forced assimilation, and efforts to alienate the Indigenous inhabitants from their territory here. We honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land, and their retained tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and cultural resilience. Indigenous people are the spiritual and physical caretakers of this land to which we all belong.

Discover everything the Colorado Chautauqua offers.


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. 

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