Boulder's Chautauqua Park brings back shuttles, paid parking this summer

Posted at 5:00 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 10:08:24-04

BOULDER, Colo. — Starting this weekend and throughout the summer, visitors to Boulder's famous Flatirons will see summer season parking rules — a fee to park up close or a free shuttle to access the park.

In an attempt to ease the parking crunch at one of the most popular local attractions, the City of Boulder started charging a parking fee on summer weekends at Chautauqua Park last summer. That fee will return this summer.

Homeowners get a permit to park. The public has to pay. 

The second part of the program involves a free shuttle to take visitors from free lots in Boulder into the park. The shuttles run every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"This program started because of a lot of congestion around Chautauqua, particularly during summer and on weekends," explained Cty of Boulder Communications Manager Meghan Wilson. "It really is a way to ease congestion, limit impacts to neighborhoods and Chautauqua, and still allow people access to the park."

Dogs and climbing gear are allowed inside the shuttles.

Learn more about the shuttles and the free parking lots here.