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About Boulder

The accolades given to the city of Boulder are so numerous and diverse that the municipality keeps a running list on the City of Boulder website:

Spirituality, environmentalism, science, sports, and the arts make Boulder, with a population of approximately 100,000, a cultural and creative force.

A Boulderite could feasibly go to class in the morning, hike a Boulder Mountain Park trail at lunch, eat dinner at an international restaurant and, finally, see a performance at historic Chautauqua Auditorium before capping the night off at one of Boulder’s many cafés.

The Beat writers played an important role in the city’s history, as well as the history of the university. Naropa celebrates art and artists through regular departmental performances, as well as events like the Boulder Fringe Festival, which has roots in Naropa theater.

Outside magazine calls Boulder the “best all-around town” for outdoor experience, and it’s easy to see why. Boulder is a great jumping-off point to the bountiful natural resources of Colorado, offering a wealth of opportunities for hikers, climbers, skiers, snowboarders, cyclists, kayakers, and more.

For social outings and nightlife, Boulder residents head to downtown’s famous Pearl Street Mall; the lively, youthful environs of University Hill; or nearby Denver. Boulder draws some of the country’s best touring musical artists and a wide range of cultural events to venues like the Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater—not to mention the world-famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, which is only a short drive away.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.