Royal Arch Trailhead: Chautauqua Trailhead (Bluebell Mesa Trail)
Closest City / Town: Boulder, Colorado
- Take the Baseline exit off of Highway 36.
- Head west on Baseline (go past Broadway and continue up the hill).
- Continue on Baseline to the Chautauqua Trailhead (which is located on the left). You really can’t miss it!!!
Hiking Distance: 3.0 miles (roundtrip)
Description: This is a great jaunt anytime of the year. The hike commences at the ranger station in Chautauqua Park and follows the southward-trending Bluebell Road that is closed off to vehicle access. From there, it is just a matter of paying attention to Boulder City Open Space signs. You will gain approximately 1,100 feet of elevation along this switchbacking hike up to the Royal Arch.
Worth Noting: Although you can make this hike year-round, ice on the trail during the winter can make the journey a little dicey. Bring some Yak Trax and you should be okay!