Boulder Mountain Park Natural Area
Location: Boulder County
Size: 7401 acres
Designated: February, 2009
Landowner: City of Boulder
Boulder Mountain Park is located along the foothills-plains interface just west of the City of Boulder. This Natural Area encompasses Green Mountain, Longs Canyon, the Boulder Flatirons, and the Western Mountain Parks Habitat Conservation Area. All of these areas represent a rich ecotonal area between the mountains and the plains, and create a large habitat for a variety of species.
These management areas support typical examples of modern foothills community types as well as plant species left over from the cooler and wetter conditions prevalent during the last ice age. Among the plant relicts are a stand of paper birch and disjunct populations of boreal and subalpine plants. The property contains a high concentration of rare plants, including one extremely rare plant. There are also several rare birds, mammals and insects that call this park home. At this site, visitors can walk through 1.5 billion years of geologic history and view the renowned Boulder Flatirons.