Things to see and places to go for visitors to the Annual CTA Conference

By Michelle Bradley
CTA Treasurer

Are you coming from out of town to the 7th Annual CTA Conference? Spring is a great time in Colorado,  so why don’t you visit our beautiful area while you’re here? We have compiled a list of popular attractions for you to check out.


Must see outside of Boulder:

  • Red Rocks Amphitheater and trails

In and around Boulder:

  • Celestial Seasonings/Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
  • Pearl Street Mall
  • Boulder Public Library (cool building)
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market (one of the best in the country)
  • Butterfly Pavilion – Westminster
  • Planetarium – Boulder CU Campus
  • McGuckins (local hardware store)

Hiking in and around Boulder:

  • Chautauqua/Flagstaff Amphitheater (great views, short hikes)
  • Sanitas – hiking in Boulder
  • Trails through downtown Boulder and along the Boulder Creek
  • Boulder Falls – up the Canyon towards Nederland


  • Coors Brewery Tour (and the town of Golden is picturesque)
  • Colorado Railroad Museum


Farther out:

  • Nederland area
  • Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park is pretty spectacular for out-of-towners
  • Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg) – 50 min from Boulder – and $30 admission, but very worthwhile if you love large animals
  • Loveland Ski Area – only a short drive into the mountains from Boulder, and still open for skiing!

Have an extra day or two? Consider a trip 1.5 hours south to Colorado Springs to see:

  • Garden of the Gods
  • Air Force Academy
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space
  • Pikes Peak “America’s Mountain” – take the cog rail or drive the highway all the way to the top for a breathtaking view!