The elevation of a city tells us how high it is above sea level and the city of Boulder, Colorado, has quite a high elevation when compared to many other cities around the United States. Boulder’s elevation is 5,328 feet (1,624 m), which is a little over a mile. This means that Boulder’s elevation is so high that people visiting the city from lower areas may need some time to adjust to the changes in air pressure. The temperatures in Boulder, Colorado, can also tend to be a little lower than other locations due to its relatively high elevation, and so visitors may need to take extra precautions and preparations when planning a trip to Boulder.
Boulder’s relatively high elevation matches with many neighboring cities. It sits not far from the ‘Front Range’ of the Rocky Mountains, and all cities in this region tend to have elevations of 5,000 feet (1524 m) or more. A key example would be Denver, which is the state capital and has an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m), earning itself the nickname of ‘The Mile High City’. The state of Colorado is the highest in the entire United States, with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet (2,070 m) due to the various mountains and high regions that dominate the landscape. Therefore, Boulder’s elevation is lower than the mean elevation for Colorado.
When compared to other major cities like Colorado Springs, which has an elevation of 6,033 feet (1,839 m) and Aurora, which has an elevation of 5472 feet (1,668 m), Boulder’s elevation is clearly not the highest in the state, but is still quite high compared to many other cities and towns all around the United States. The highest elevation in Colorado can be found at the top of Mount Elbert, which stands at 14,400 feet (4,401 m) tall, while the lowest point in Colorado is part of the Arikaree River, which has an elevation of 3,317 feet (1,011 m).