Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Elevation Gain: 5,680 to 7,130
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Location: Chautauqua Park
The Royal Arch Trail begins at the Ranger Station in Chautauqua Park and heads up the closed access road, which skirts the open grassy meadows of the lower foothills. After a quick drop into a gulch the trail climbs steadily through coniferous forests to a sandstone arch. Although not as big as most arches in southern Utah, Royal Arch is quite an impressive sight, especially with the City of Boulder as a backdrop. The view from the arch is quite impressive. You can look down on Boulder or across to the Third Flatiron, a popular ascent for many Boulder climbers. Keep an eye out for raptors that nest in this region during the spring.