Float the Boulder Creek
(Good For: A hot summer day, local outdoorsy experience, shenanigans)
When you hear, “Float The Boulder Creek,” you might imagine a calm, peaceful float filled with relaxation and sunshine. Welp, think again. Floating Boulder Creek is one of the most shenanigan-driven summer activities in Colorado. If you are looking to mix it up and kick it with Boulders finest - if “finest” means drinking Screwdrivers floating an air mattress from Walmart - then grab your Saturday provisions (listed below) and head west to float the Boulder Creek.
What To Expect
A quick heads up: floating the Boulder Creek is not going to be your casual family outing activity. Instead, it is one random assortment of people soaking in the water, floating the creek, chillin' in hammocks, and hitting the rope swing. You will find that Boulder Creek is a gathering of locals celebrating their own groove.
If this sounds like your jam, Boulder Creek makes for a great option when you want to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave town. We have included a few tips below to help you prepare for the shenanigans.
What You Need To Know
First, you will need a floatation device. Do not worry about finding a high-end tube designed for white water rafting; Boulder Creek is more of a lazy-river that strolls through the heart of town. Literally an air mattress would work; however, if you want to do it right, we have provided a few suggestions below where you can purchase or rent tubes on the go.
How To Float The Boulder Creek
If you need a tube, here are a few places that will be happy to help.
White Water CKS Tube: you can rent or buy tubes here. You will want to call first and make sure they have not sold out. White Water Website.
Conoco Auto Repair on Folsom & Arapahoe: This is where we would recommend going. It is just around the corner from the creek, and you can fill up your tire-tube on-site. It is about $14. Convenience is everything.
Lowes or Pep Boys: if you want to go the cheapest route, you can always call around to local Lowes or Pep Boys and inquire about their tire-tube situation.
Good To Know Local Tips & Info
Because of Boulder Creek's popularity in the summer, there will likely be crowds. Below we have provided a few tips that you should be aware of.
Parking: make sure you are parked legally. The local law enforcement is aware of what goes down at the creek and patrol regularly. For the most part, they are pretty laid back. But cars parked illegally will be ticketed and towed.
Drinking: be smart about your consumption habits. Obviously, it is illegal to drink in public. But for the most part, the city is pretty chill and lets people enjoy themselves. Don’t abuse it.
Vibe: if this is not your vibe and you want more of a laid-back scene, try visiting on the weekdays. It is much calmer with fewer people. We are referencing the environment as it applies to the weekends.
Directions: head up Boulder Canyon Dr. to Eben G. Fine park. Upon arrival, you will see plenty of cars along the creek. Find the best spot to park and go join the party.
Kick It With The Loc’s And Float Boulder Creek
Floating Boulder Creek is one of the best ways to get a feel for the weird and unique culture that is Boulder. Instead of bar hopping or hiking the Flatirons, do something a little different and check out Boulder Creek.