All talks and sessions will be held in the Eaton Humanities building on the main campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.
Getting Here and Away
Boulder is served by Denver International Airport (DIA), 40 miles to the southeast. From DIA, there are various options to get to town.
- Supershuttle offers door to door service to any of the conference hotels. A reservation is required in advance; the company’s desk is located on level 5 of the main terminal in DIA (same level as baggage claim).
- The Regional Transportation District (RTD) maintains bus service between DIA and Boulder in route AB (sky ride). For schedule and fare information, follow this link. During the current construction at DIA, busses depart from the east side of level 6 of the main terminal. Within Boulder, the AB bus runs down Broadway, with stops within walking distance to most of the conference hotels.
If renting a car and driving there are two possibilities:
- The canonical route: (google maps) Exit DIA on Peña Boulevard. Continue until you reach I-70 west. Take I-70 west to the I-270 north exit toward Fort Collins. Take I-270 north to the U.S. Hwy 36 west exit, toward Boulder. Continue on Hwy 36 to Boulder.
- The slightly faster tollway: (google maps) Take the toll road exit, E-470 north from Peña Boulevard to the Northwest Parkway towards Broomfield connecting to U.S. 36. Continue west on Hwy 36 toward Boulder. Note that the tollway is actually two tollways (E-470 and Northwest Parkway), and two separate tolls ($5.25 and $3.30 respectively one-way) are automatically charged via license plate scanners. Inquire with your car rental company about how these charges are handled.
With the warning that the week of SPA is very busy at the university and parking may prove challenging, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) maintains a thorough website with detailed maps, rates, and information on purchasing daily or weekly visitor parking permits. The PTS office is located at 1050 Regent Drive; their summer hours are 7:30am to 3:30pm.
Places to Eat / Places for Coffee and Tea
On campus: The main dining halls are located in the University Memorial Center (UMC) and the Center for Community (“C4C”). There are also outlets of good local coffee/tea shops offering lighter fare, in particular the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, located near the East entrance of the Norlin Library and the Pekoe Sip House in the Atlas Building.
And off: Directly across Broadway from the Norlin Quadrangle lies “The Hill”, its main drag 13th street features the expected university-town mix of casual eateries and coffee shops. Further afield, the Pearl Street pedestrian mall and surrounding area in downtown Boulder has a high concentration of restaurants, cafes, microbreweries, and more good coffee. One can reach Pearl Street from campus via the Skip bus along Broadway. It is also a reasonable walk from the conference venue (Google maps provides the near optimal path). A fairly comprehensive Boulder restaurant guide can be found here.
Below is a Google Maps view of recommended coffee and food locations. This is not an exhaustive list, but it can be taken as a starting point. Coffee/tea locations are green while food locations are blue.
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Conference attendees are cautioned that the effects of alcohol consumption are exaggerated at altitude. It is highly recommended that those going out keep themselves well-hydrated.
Colorado has 139 breweries, most of them making craft (good) beer that is only available at the brewery (or within a short distance), and some making domestic (not so good) beer that is available all over the world. The map below shows a few highly recommended breweries/brewpubs (in blue), some more traditional gathering spots (in red), and wine bars/tasting rooms (in purple).
Taxi: www.boulderyellowcab.com/ (303)-777-7777
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Beyond the beautiful campus and charming town, Boulder and its surroundings famously offer a large spectrum of first rate outdoor recreational activities. Chautauqua Park, an area right in front of the Flatirons rock formations (the image appearing in most photos of Boulder), south-west of campus, is a must-visit park with a huge selection of trailheads, some leading to Green Mountain and Bear Peak. Another attraction, closer to campus is the Boulder Creek Path (just north, downhill from conference venue), which runs along the Boulder Creek from the foothills, several miles west of town, to the prairie, several miles east. And of course, there is the Rocky Mountain National Park approximately 50 miles north-west of Boulder (with a chance to visit on Wednesday). Some nice general Boulder guides are here and here.
Boulder experiences over 300 days of sunshine per year. Summers in Boulder are typically hot and dry, with short afternoon thunderstorms being common. Coupled with the high elevation (5,430 feet, or 1,665 meters), remaining hydrated during the day is very important. Packing an effective sunscreen is also recommended – ultraviolet rays from the sun are intense at high altitudes.
Due to the low humidity of Boulder’s climate, the temperature may fluctuate greatly (typically 50-60F or 10-15C at night and 85-105F or 30-40C during the day). It is advisable to take a jacket if one expects to be out after sunset.