SO MUCH TO DO IN ONE MAGICAL PLACE
Chautauqua enjoys a national reputation for the quality of arts, cultural and educational opportunities we offer our guests. Visitors can choose from classical and popular concerts, silent and documentary films, dance, lectures and community events – in addition to a host of outdoor and recreational activities! Not only does Chautauqua offer miles of spectacular hiking trails with access to thousands of acres of open space, a variety of sports courts, and an awesome playground, our helpful staff can help guests arrange all sorts of other outdoor adventures, including white water rafting, golf, kayaking, tubing, and almost anything else you can imagine! Guests who stay with us also have special access to guided trail hikes, weekly happy hours and history tours led by our very knowledgeable staff!
To see our full schedule, click on the calendars below.
Chautauqua Tree Tours
September 14 & October 12 at 3:00 PM
Did you know Chautauqua has varieties of over 500 trees? Chautauqua’s enchantment lies in its setting, but the early settlers did little to cultivate the trees. Only the hardy native vegetation could withstand the summer heat and winter snow. By comparison, todays Chautauqua hosts an abundant urban forest. Join tree experts Bill Briggs and Jeff Rump as they guide you through the flowering oasis of native and imported species that have been introduced in the past 120 year. Chautauqua has everything from Eastern White Pines to Kentucky Coffee Trees to Buckeyes, in addition to the familiar Ashes, Oaks, Elms, and Ponderosa Pines. Attend this complimentary one hour tour to learn about the trees of Chautauqua and their history.
MEET IN FRONT OF ACADEMIC HALL.
30-Minute Mindfulness Sessions
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM
This 30-minute session includes simple movement, breath work, music, and relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat or check one out at the front desk.
MEET IN ACADEMIC HALL LOBBY.
MILES OF TRAILS
Chautauqua is a hiker’s paradise with 40 miles of trails in every direction at all levels of difficulty. Dogs love our hikes and are allowed on most trails (and in many of our cottages). Don’t forget to stock up with water, snacks, dog toys and sunscreen from the General Store before you set off. Check out this Boulder CVB guide to Chautauqua hikes.
Arts & Culture
TIRED OF HIKING?
In addition to the many outdoor activities available to our guests, no visit to Chautauqua is complete without taking in one of our classical or popular concerts, a silent film, or modern dance in our stunning Auditorium. Visiting in the fall or winter? Catch a lecture on space exploration or the adventures of the world’s most incredible explorers in the historic Community House. See what’s happening at Chautauqua during your visit!
Games for Everyone
Hiking is superb here – but that’s not the only outdoor action. Get a friendly competition going on the tennis, basketball, and pickleball (available for guest use on a first come, first served basis) or head over to the Chautauqua Green park for a relaxing picnic and frisbee session.
Gardens & Playground
RELAX WHILE THE LITTLE ONES PLAY
Wander through our beautiful Centennial and Waterwise gardens where you can not only relax and de-stress, but also learn more about our native Colorado plants. Children can get their wriggles out at our beautiful playground with its state-of-the-art play and climbing structures, including a mini-Auditorium and child-sized replica of the Flatirons. Finish the day watching the sun drop behind the Flatirons, followed by a spirited board game on your cottage porch.
LEARN ALL ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA’S HISTORY
Join our staff for a historic walking tour of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. Your knowledgeable guides will bring your tour to life and will provide background on the nationwide Chautauqua Movement. Key aspects of the tour include:
• The acoustically-renowned Chautauqua Auditorium
• The legendary Dining Hall
• The Missions House Lodge, Rest Cottage, Community House, and Galey Cottage
• The winding lanes of charming cottages, with images and stories of early residents
TO ARRANGE A TOUR CONTACT ROHINI GRACE AT 303.952.1612 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Guest Experiences
WHEN YOU STAY WITH US
Chautauqua guests enjoy weekly guided hikes, history tours and “happy hours,” all designed for our visitors to connect with one another. Our Guest Service agents can also suggest great restaurants, exhibits and shopping in Boulder and beyond. And, be sure to ask our Experiences Curator (303 952 1612) if you are looking for uniquely Boulder ideas for a day trip, outdoor or wellness activity.