Local Transportation

  • Boulder BCycle: Easy app-based bike rental for getting around town, with 41 different locations to grab a bike.
  • HOP Bus: Bidirectional loop connecting CU to the center of town.  $3 fare for a 3-hour pass.
  • The public Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus and light rail systems serve all of the Denver Metro area, including between the airport and Boulder: https://www.rtd-denver.com/
  • The RTD fares can be found here: https://www.rtd-denver.com/fares-passes/fares


  • Boulder Creek Path: Pedestrian and bike path that follows Boulder Creek as it runs through town.  Access from any street that crosses over the creek.
  • Pearl Street Mall: Pedestrian downtown area with many bars and restaurants; frequent street performers.
  • Chautauqua Park: Starting point for multiple trails, from easy (Bluebell Mesa) to medium (1st/2nd Flatiron) to steep (Royal Arch Trail).  Views overlooking Boulder, access to the iconic Flatirons.
  • Walking Tours: Learn about the history of Boulder and visit iconic spots.
  • Escape Room: Solve puzzles with your collaborators from the conference! Groups of 4 get a private room.

Skiing, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing, Sledding

HRI Social Events

  • Tuesday night brewery gathering – stay tuned for details!

Food, Bars, Breweries

  • Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (1535 Pearl St.): Popular and laid back pub-style food, with house-brewed beers. ($)
  • SALT (1047 Pearl St.): Farm-to-table American style food from local ingredients. ($$)
  • Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.): Czech-style beer and food. ($$)
  • Frasca Food and Wine (1738 Pearl St.): Italian fine dining, often considered the best restaurant in the Denver/Boulder area. ($$$$)
  • Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse (1770 13th St.): Tea and light bites in an authentic tea house along Boulder Creek. ($$)
  • Dark Horse (2922 Baseline Rd.): Dive-y bar frequented by students. ($)
  • Upslope Brewing Company (1898 S. Flatiron Ct.): Popular local brewery with frequent food trucks.  Just a 19 minute bike ride from Pearl Street Mall. ($)
  • Wild Provisions Beer Project (2209 Central Ave.): Experimental beer from Denver-based 4 Noses Brewing Company, just a block away from Upslope. ($$)
  • Sanitas Brewing Company (3550 Frontier Ave.): The “largest patio in Boulder”, serving a large tap list with tacos and coffee. 9 minutes by bike from Pearl Street Mall. ($)
  • Avery Brewing Taproom and Restaurant (4910 Nautilus Ct.)

Other events around Boulder (Not affiliated with HRI)

Tuesday Night

Wednesday Night

Thursday Night