Boulder Chautauqua

Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder
The Chautauqua Auditorium is a historic landmark dating to 1898. | Photo by Hustvedt / Wikipedia

Staff writer

One of Boulder’s crown jewels is Chautauqua, a national historic landmark that opened in 1898 as a venue for education, music, nature and the arts.

Chautauqua was a cultural movement throughout the United States that brought people together to celebrate learning, simplicity and a love of nature. The campus of cottages, classrooms, meeting facilities, an auditorium and a dining hall, is 1.5 miles from downtown Boulder and less than a half mile from the University of Colorado campus.

It provides access to miles of trails and includes the city’s largest park. More than 50 of Chautauqua’s 99 cottages are available for rental, some more than 100 years old. Other, larger facilities are available for events such as family reunions or weddings.

The Colorado Chautauqua Association is working to make the park the country’s greenest National Historic Landmark, looking at conservation of water and energy, diversion of waste from landfills, and use of earth-friendly products.

Entertainment and educational talks and other events are offered year-round, most in the summer months. The Chautauqua Auditorium is the scene of numerous concerts and during six weeks each summer houses the Colorado Music Festival, a world-renowned celebration of classical and other eclectic music.

900 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80302
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