Weather Trail

Weather Trail

Check out the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail, located behind the NCAR Mesa Lab, for an educational hike! As you hike the trail, learn about a variety of weather and climate features and how they affect Colorado's Front Range.

Weather trail map

The Weather Trail is a short 0.4-mile loop with an elevation gain of 75 ft and is perfect for curious visitors of all ages!

Brown cloud informational sign

Take a look toward Denver as you read about the "brown cloud" that can often be seen all the way from Boulder.

Weather trail thunderstorm information plaque

Learn about thunderstorms while you scan the horizon for cumulonimbus clouds.

Weather trail plants and climate informational plaque

See if you can spot the five different ecosystems found along the Weather Trail.

Weather trail wildfires informational plaque

Discover why the risk for catastrophic wildfires has increased as Colorado's Front Range population has grown.

Weather trail flooding and erosion plaque

Read about the historic 2013 flood and see if you can find signs of erosion near the Weather Trail.

Weather trail snow plaque

It may be a beautiful day for a hike, but Boulder still gets its fair share of snow! Find out just how much can be expected in an average year.

Weather trail climate plaque and view

Learn about temperature changes in the mountains and why it can sometimes be warmer at higher elevations than it is in Denver.

Weather trail mountain waves plaque

Look to the sky! Can you see some of the unique clouds that form near mountain ranges?

Weather trail cold front plaque

Do you see low, ragged clouds or dust to the north or east? Find out what kind of weather a cold front might bring to Boulder.

Weather trail UV light plaque

Find out why Colorado has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the US - and don't forget to put on some suncreen!

Weather trail wind plaque

As you finish your hike, see if you can find the anemometer on top of NCAR and find out what exactly it measures!

Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail starting point

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