Royal Arch Trailhead

Boulder
Drivetime
45 Min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
1500 ft Gain
LENGTH
4.2 Mile
Out and Back
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NEW YORK WEATHER
WHAT YOU'LL SEE
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Wildlife
Rock Formations
Rock Formations
THINGS TO DO

Gorgeous Natural Arch in the Flatirons!

Nestled in Boulder’s crown jewel for hiking, Chautauqua Park, the Royal Arch is a geological wonder in the flat irons! With its proximity to Denver and especially Boulder, this hike is a fantastic destination without having to travel too far.

Start off on the Bluebell road trail which winds through a pristine meadow with stunning views of the flatirons. Follow the signs for Royal Arch Trail. The actual arch trail is a steep climb up numerous large boulder steps. It will seem like a long trek, but keep going, as the payoff is worth it.

The actual arch is breathtaking. Much like the arches of Arches national park, the Royal Arch is a sight to behold, and a local treasure. The views of Boulder from high above at the arch are also breathtaking. 

Make sure to get to this trail early, as it is extremely popular. You will need to pay to park on weekends and holidays, and expect there to be even more people. Don’t expect to have the arch to yourself unless you go very early on a weekday.

Dogs are welcome in Chautauqua, and this is a great trail for them, just be sure to follow leash laws and clean up after them obviously. You will want to hold on to them right at the top due to the vast amount of chipmunks! This is also a great trail for wildflowers in the summer.

If looking for a gorgeous adventure accessible via public transit, this is a great option. The Flatiron Flyer is a bus that runs from Union Station in Denver to Downtown Boulder. It stops at Broadway and Baseline in Boulder, which is about a 1 mile walk to Chautauqua Park and this trail. See the schedule and get more info HERE!

THINGS TO DO

Photography

The Flatirons and the Arch are fantastic places for nature photography!

Relax/Hammock/Picnic

Chautauqua offers a multitude of excellent places to pull off, hang up a hammock, and relax in the beauty of Boulder and the Flatirons! There are also a wide variety of picnic areas in Chautauqua.

Shop/Town/Brewery Nearby

Downtown Boulder and Pearl Street is a short drive away and a fantastic place to see before or after your Royal Arch Adventure!

Leave No Trace Bigfoot Sign
It is of the upmost importance that you always remember to take care of our precious outdoor spaces, and preserve them for future generations. Be as invisible as bigfoot and practice Leave No Trace Principles. For more info on how to be an environmentally conscious adventurer, click HERE!
GETTING THERE

You can access the Royal Arch via the main trail system in Chautauqua Park. This would be a great adventure for those without a car. The Flatiron Flyer bus runs from Union station in downtown Denver and stops 1 Mile from Chautauqua at Baseline and Broadway in Boulder. Check the schedule and book your ride HERE.

Mountain landscape

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