Located a short 30-minute drive from Denver, and the home to The University of Colorado, Boulder rests beautifully at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The city of Boulder has a population of 106,000 people, 33,000 of those being wild college students.
A hot destination in the late 1960s for hippies and individuals wanting to escape “The Real World,” the “free spirit” vibe has carried on and grown ever since. Boulder also has a younger average population than the anywhere in the United States, with a median age of 28.7 v 37.2 which is the national average.
From this statistic we can accurately say that the city is always alive, with plenty of young people looking for something fun to do and there is no shortage of activities. Every weekend there is a farmers market, a festival, or a sporting event that takes place.
With such a large college student population, one can assume Boulder is quite a party city, and that would be correct, it is also very outdoors focused and health conscious city collective. One of the cities biggest and longest standing events is the Bolder Boulder, a 10 km road race founded in 1979, it brings over 55,000 people every year, making it the fifth largest footrace in the world.
Boulder has ALWAYS been a very cannabis friendly city, even before mainstream legalization; the police force has had it as a very low priority ever since the 60s. The first legal cannabis shop opened in 2014 when amendment 64 was officially passed, but medical cannabis had been readily available when amendment 20 was passed on November 7th, 2000.
420 is also a big deal for Boulder, every year anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 wild pot-smokers gather in the main quad of the University of Colorado and light it up…although the event has faced its challenges, it still stands strong to this day. With plenty of pot shops, pubs, healthy food and wonderful people, Boulder is a must visit for anyone coming to Colorado. For a full directory of cannabis shops in Colorado, click here.