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Home Care In Boulder, CO

Home Care Boulder, CO

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Arnett-Fullen House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Boulder, CO is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“We had just started and all of these hospitalizations happened. It would have had a really nice impact we just weren't able to use it for very long. They were great. Their service was wonderful and the communication was great. I was very happy with the kindness and care.”

Don C.

“They do a lot of the things we cannot do ourselves. Everyone we have had has been exceedingly pleasant and easy to get along with.”

Richard C.

“I never had a problem with Always Best Care. My experience was positive because they were attuned to the time with everything I needed to do. If there was a paper I needed to be signed, they were helpful. I don't have any memory problems, but they were very friendly. We laughed and talked. They were just like a best friend who took me where I needed to go. I have always told people about Always Best Care and the people working there. I have referred people. Always Best Care is the best. I like how they were attentive when I called. Laura, she knew exactly what I needed. And the timing, they were perfect about the timing. Always Best Care was attuned to what I needed.”

Marilyn F.

“They are really good with the clients. They are prompt and always on time. They are always on top of everything when we call.”

Mary S.

“They help me to take a day off. They seem to be very caring.”

John C.

“It was essential for her recovery. They're very responsive and work to make sure they have someone here.”

Marilyn W.

“My caregiver helps me with numerous things, like helping me get out of my chair, and driving me places. Everybody is very kind, efficient, and thorough.”

Bruce B.

“They helped in the way they interacted with her. The caregivers were all very friendly and caring.”

Darlene S.

“They are reliable and I can count on them and she is getting excellent care. They have great caregivers and they are matched very well.”

Beverly D.

“The caregivers are friendly and they help around the house. They do our laundry. They do not always tell us which caregivers are coming.”

Debbie R.

“It's helped me get through a lot of difficult periods. I like the quality of the people they send out.”

Patrick T.

“They are helpful for me. Especially the younger girls are so helpful, they volunteer to do things. They're helpful and reliable.”

Kathryn V.

“I've been here going on three years their so flexible I really enjoy working here”

Michelle T.

“They were here for a few hours and always came. Everything was just fine. It was just pricey.”

Jeffrey C.

“When I first came here 10 months ago, Rich couldn't walk. I've never seen a client succeed this far for his age. They are so professional. I would not work with any other company besides ABC.”

Richard ".

“The best employer I have ever worked for. Everyone from the management team and other caregivers are some of the nicest and compassionate people I have ever encountered. They always listen and take care of questions or concerns I may have.”

Jasmine L.

“They have been outstanding. It has not been easy for me since me and my husband have a lot of medical appointments. When we are not able to get a car, they are willing to take us in their car, pick up prescriptions, and pick up groceries for us. They are very professional and look and see what needs to be done. They are very flexible and help wherever they can. They help us when the time is good for us.”

Joyce T.

“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

Madeleine W.

“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

Madeleine W.

“It leaves me able to get more help as the pandemic calms down. I can get errands done. I like that the caregivers have been with us through the pandemic and they have been stellar. They are very helpful and I feel safe leaving my husband with the caregivers.”

Karen B.

“They were only there for a short time. They made a big difference. They took care of the basic daily needs. They were very good at being responsive to our questions and they provided generally good caregivers.”

Scott G.

“This is a great home care company to work for! They are very sweet and do a lot for their clients and care givers! Nothing but good things to say about them! I saw the reviews and decided to go with them over other companies and it was definitely a great choice!”

Nicole M.

“They sent the caregiver that we wanted them to send. I like the caregivers. They were responsible.”

Kendall M.

“There is not much they can do. They cannot do more than what they are doing now. She never stops serving us. I am very pleased. I like the attitude, they always want to work with you. The person that is here is outstanding.”

Bruce B.

“Great place to work! I've never been happier with a job. The staff is always helpful and compassionate. They are always willing to work with my hectic schedule and do their best to give me the hours I want. Very organized and professional.”

Caitlyn B.

“They help to exercise him and they help with giving him medicines. They provide us some very good care, and good caregivers.”

James ".

“I've been a care giver for 10 years. And just started a month ago with Abc in longmont. I enjoy working for this company. They are so nice and Alway one step ahead of you. If you are looking for work I recommend ABC..”

Michelle W.

“A wonderful group of caregivers managed by an amazing team of supervisors who really care! A perfect choice for your loved ones caregivers who really care about their passions their feelings and their happiness!”

Sunshine S.

“They have helped us the most by providing good services to my mother. I like that they are very responsive.”

Diane K.

“Absolutely love this company! Very good management and communication! ???? would choose this company for my family!”

gabby S.

“Always best care is wonderful! They take care of there clients with immense amount of love and compassion. I’ve worked here for quite some time. I always feel like I can come to them with any discord’s, as they with take care of it diligently. I love the people I work with and I know they care for the clients just as much as I do.”

Sydney B.

“Working for always best care as a caregiver has open my eyes to how important caregiving really is me as well as all my coworkers always go to work we a positive attitude and I can tell everyone enjoys there job by far best working team I been with and there staff are amazing! :)”

maria M.

“Working for Always Best Care has been a joy. As a caregiver I have found fulfillment in what I do. Inga, our owner, and all the amazing staff in the office are truly delightful. We have a great scheduler and amazing care managers to pair the right caregiver with the right client. Always Best Care is a family of phenomenal professionals who care about the emotional and physical welfare of their clients. Communication makes this agency tick. I love it.”

Carolynn K.

“I almost slipped off my shower chair and if Tony was not there I would have been on the floor. They are a reliable company.”

Paula B.

“I’m an elder care provider and have worked for several agencies. ABC is the best. They have a professional orientation and one of their staff always accompanies you to your first visit to introduce you to the client and go over the care plan. Natalie, the lady who does the hiring, is professional and friendly. She makes sure those she hires are qualified. All care givers are occasionally shown educational videos and given periodic quizzes.”

Allie M.

“I have never worked for a company who not only cares about their clients but also care about their employees! Always best care definitely cares for their people ❤️”

Candi F.

“Very professional and caring, with both client's and employees.”

Veronica L.

“Always Best Care is the best! I loved working here. Everyone cares about you and they are very compassionate. As a student, they were able to work with my schedule from part time to full time. They are reliable and great listeners. Natalie was the best! Anyone looking for a job as a caregiver I would highly recommend it here :)”

Deisy F.

“I have worked as a caregiver for over 3 years now, this being the third agency I have worked for. This is by far the best agency I’ve worked for or been around, I would highly recommend them to anyone. As a caregiver, I feel completely supported by all of the office staff and case managers. Communication is a key when it comes to home care, and this office makes that one of their priorities. I’ve never had any issues working for this company. I would recommend them for your family members, or as a caregiver looking for a new job. As a college student they are very flexible with time and accepting of what my needs are.”

Cassidi M.

“Always Best Care was there with caring, knowledgeable staff, ready to meet me and discuss all of the care options available, including in-home care, local facilities, etc. They know their stuff and are kind and patient with great follow-through!”

Jessie H.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Boulder, CO?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Boulder, CO

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Eben G. Fine Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Frasca Food and Wine or visit Boulder Historic Jaycees Depot, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Boulder, CO

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Boulder, CO, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CO's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Boulder, CO understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Boulder
  • Sunrise of Boulder
  • Brookdale Meridian Boulder
  • Brookdale North Boulder
  • Brookdale Boulder Creek
  • Frasier Retirement Community
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Boulder, CO 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Tips for getting around campus and Boulder with ease

Biking is an easy way to get around Boulder and campus. If you bring a bike to campus, register it with the Environmental Center. Registering your bike includes free maintenance assistance at two campus bike stations.Protect your bike from theft by locking it ...

Biking is an easy way to get around Boulder and campus. If you bring a bike to campus, register it with the Environmental Center. Registering your bike includes free maintenance assistance at two campus bike stations.

Protect your bike from theft by locking it with a U-lock to a designated bike rack. You can exchange your cable bike lock for a u-lock at the Environmental Center.

If you don’t own a bike, take advantage of free student memberships to Boulder BCycle. Boulder BCycle’s e-bike sharing program has multiple stations serving campus and 300 bikes throughout Boulder. The entire fleet is electric, making it faster to get where you are going.

Don’t know how to ride a bike? It's never too late to learn. Email [email protected] to schedule a private lesson with a bike instructor. This service is for CU students, faculty and staff.

Skateboards and stand-up scooters

Skateboards and scooters are great for navigating campus, but be aware of dismount zones on multi-use pathways and streets. Electric scooters, skateboards and other low-speed electric devices are prohibited in residence halls or CU buildings. Students can use the skateboard racks located across campus.

Lime offers rentable e-scooters within a geo-fenced zone. See Lime’s in-app map for details. The rideable zone includes much of east Boulder, including Williams Village, east campus and the Center for Innovation and Creativity. Download the Lime app to sign up and start riding.

Motorcycles, mopeds and sit-down scooters

Motorcycles, sit-down scooters and mopeds (electric and gas-powered) are allowed on city streets but not on campus sidewalks or paths.

Low-power mopeds and scooters are considered motorcycles for campus parking. Regardless of engine size, they must have a permit from Parking Services to park in motorcycle spaces. Purchase a special motorcycle parking permit.

Any moped or scooter under 50 ccs must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to purchase a motorcycle permit. Visit the Division of Motor Vehicles for details to complete your moped or scooter registration form.


Buff Buses offer free transportation around campus with no pass required. The routes connect central campus to Williams Village, Bear Creek and east campus.

Your Buff OneCard gives you access to RTD bus and rail routes, including routes to Denver International Airport. Students age 19 and under qualify for the Zero Fare for Youth program and can request to have your Transit Pass fee waived.

Don’t forget to use the CU Ski Bus program for your next trip to the slopes!


Carsharing is an excellent alternative to owning a car. A variety of carshare vehicles are available on campus and throughout central Boulder.

As a student, you are eligible for reduced rates or registration fees. Check out Zipcar or Colorado CarShare for more information.

CU NightRide

CU NightRide is a student-operated program that provides free night-time transportation within Boulder city limits. They will get you where you want to go safely and efficiently. Download the NightRide app to request a ride.

Owning a car

Driving around campus and in Boulder can bring challenges, including limited paid parking spaces. With traffic, other modes of transportation are often quicker and more convenient than driving.

Student parking passes for the academic year are limited and available for purchase over the summer. Without a pass, you will need to pay for parking daily. Multiple visitor parking lots with hourly parking rates are available, including some electric vehicle charging ports. Download the ParkMobile app to pay for short-term parking. Call 303-735-PARK (7275) or email [email protected] with parking questions.

Campus map

Use CU Boulder’s campus map to find the best routes for getting around campus. You can save a link to the map on your smartphone home screen and use it like an app.

Download the Transit App

The Transit app makes it easy to track the locations of Buff Buses and RTD buses (including the HOP) in real-time. It also tracks B-Cycle locations and more. Download Transit on Google Play or the Apple Store. Once you download the app, select specific routes as favorites to receive service alerts and notifications.

Boulder officials put demolition plans on hold for Naropa building

City officials paused the development of a new community Buddhist meditation space in Boulder to determine whether the building on the site can be demolished due to historical significance.The Landmarks Board decided on Wednesday to stop demolition on a building owned by Naropa University until March 7. Naropa is seeking to sell to a potential buyer who intends to turn it into a Buddhist meditation space. The building is located across Naropa’s main campus at 2111 Arapahoe Ave.The pause on demolition could cause the buyer...

City officials paused the development of a new community Buddhist meditation space in Boulder to determine whether the building on the site can be demolished due to historical significance.

The Landmarks Board decided on Wednesday to stop demolition on a building owned by Naropa University until March 7. Naropa is seeking to sell to a potential buyer who intends to turn it into a Buddhist meditation space. The building is located across Naropa’s main campus at 2111 Arapahoe Ave.

The pause on demolition could cause the buyer of Naropa’s building to back out, potentially leading to loss of community space and loss of $2 million for Naropa to invest in programs for students.

“We’ll think about it and hopefully we’ll be able to see a way forward,” buyer and Boulder resident Rick White said.

The Landmarks Board can consider any building for landmarking if it is more than 50 years old. If a building is landmarked, it is recognized as historic, it can’t be demolished, and any changes to it must be approved by the board. The pause, or stay-of-demolition, allows the Board to explore alternatives to improving the building without demolishing it.

Naropa President Charles Lief said the building, built in 1963, does not meet criteria for landmarking and would be extremely expensive to bring up to code. Naropa has been unable to find a buyer willing to work with the building without demolishing it.

Naropa first put the building up for sale a few years ago and found a buyer in the fall of 2020 who wanted to build 10 units of residential housing. An application for a demolition permit for the building was submitted to the city. At that time, the Landmarks Board decided the building was worthy of further investigation and issued a six-month pause on demolition the following October.

That buyer also hired a consultant, Pinyon Environmental Inc., to conduct an evaluation of the property. Pinyon Environmental’s August 2020 report on the building said that it had no historical significance worth landmarking.

“2111 Arapahoe Avenue is not currently a Boulder local landmark, nor is it within the boundaries of an existing historic district,” the report said. “Based on a review of its characteristics with reference to the areas of significance for Boulder landmarks, it is unlikely that the building would qualify for landmark status due to its lack of demonstrable connection to historic events, major alterations to its architectural design and lack of connection to its surrounding environment.”

Ultimately, the first buyer got “cold feet” due to the Landmarks Board’s mandated six-month pause and left the project, Lief said.

Landmark officials expressed sympathy toward Naropa at its hearing Wednesday for having lost a previous buyer due to the process and risking losing an existing buyer.

White intends to purchase the property to create a Buddhist meditation space that will be operated by Nalandabodhi, an international Buddhist organization, complete with a library, spaces for classes and two apartments for visiting teachers. With Naropa being a Buddhist-founded and inspired university, Lief said the new building and its occupants would be a mutually beneficial and compatible neighbor to have.

“This is a really good fit, and I really enjoy that, but this job on the Landmarks Board is to make sure we explore everything we can do (for the building),” board member Renee Golobic said.

The building is a two-story structure built in 1963 that was a doctor’s office before Naropa acquired it in 1999. The Board is considering it for landmarking due to its midcentury modern architecture and connection to the first pediatrician’s practice established in Boulder and the architect who built it.

“I would like to explore every single possibility before (the building) might be lost,” chair and board member Abby Daniels said. “I would be very intrigued by (completing the two-month pause) sooner so Naropa would have a decision.”

The board scheduled a hearing for March 6 to consider approving a demolition permit or starting work on designating the existing building as a historic landmark.

Lief said the Board’s decision is a reasonable outcome.

“I do think that they’re accountable to the whole city … and I think a shortened stay is fine,” Lief said.

Naropa purchased the building in 1999 as the university was expanding and needed more space for faculty and administrative offices. It also housed two neuro-psychology research labs and in the last few years housed the student mental health counseling center.

However, as Naropa’s online programs expand, the space is no longer needed. Lief said Naropa is looking for ways to invest in a couple of student programs, and the money from the building sale can fund it.

“We really need the capital in order to invest in some new programs for our students,” Lief said.

Lief said the money from the building sale would be used to invest in expanding its interdisciplinary online bachelor’s degree and hire the faculty it needs to apply for an accreditation for its graduate psychology program. Lief said five states, not including Colorado, have passed legislation making such accreditation required for students to practice in those states.

With Naropa having the largest graduate psychology program in Colorado, Lief said, Naropa needs to find the funding to apply so its program can remain strong.

White said it’s discouraging to have a delay, and he intends to go through with the sale unless there’s a lot of conflict with the city.

“I appreciate how much the Board has engaged with the issues. I think the economics of the project are really compelling, the nature of the community benefit both to Naropa and the subsequent building are well served by allowing demolition,” White said, adding, “I appreciate the consideration they’ve given this, and I think it’s a very reasonable outcome.”

White said the development of a Buddhist meditation space, or any structure for religious practice or practice of a tradition like Buddhism, benefits the community. It creates diversity of thought, a place to develop values and access for people who don’t have a lot of money to explore contemplative practice.

“It’s part of what makes Boulder distinctive, and especially as we become such an expensive community, we risk shrinking what is already limited diversity,” White said.

White said that Boulder has become “an interesting place” for Buddhism in America. Naropa was founded in Boulder in 1974 by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa, and there are many Buddhist communities in Boulder, he said. It seems whenever Buddhist leaders come to America, White said, they come to Boulder.

“Boulder is unusual in that it has this connection to Buddhist history,” he said.

A new Buddhist space would connect Boulder to that history, White said. Lief said he doubts the Board will ultimately decide to landmark the building because they rarely do so if the owner is strongly against it.

“They will almost never go against an owner’s wishes, and we are going to be crystal clear that we will be objecting to any landmarking of this building going forward,” Lief said.

Colorado dinner theater closing after 46 years

"This community has been very, very adamant about the fact that they’re going to miss us very much, and we will miss them."BOULDER, Colorado — The final show at Boulder Dinner Theater is a performance that's ingrained in their history."The overwhelming theme throughout the show is tradition. It's tradition of holding onto your traditions and losing some of your traditions, and it very much seemed the right fit," said Seamus McDon...

"This community has been very, very adamant about the fact that they’re going to miss us very much, and we will miss them."

BOULDER, Colorado — The final show at Boulder Dinner Theater is a performance that's ingrained in their history.

"The overwhelming theme throughout the show is tradition. It's tradition of holding onto your traditions and losing some of your traditions, and it very much seemed the right fit," said Seamus McDonough, producing artistic director at BDT.

Over 46 years, the troupe has performed "Fiddler on the Roof" seven times. They're adding one more run for their last performance on Saturday.

"It's definitely a deal of don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened," McDonough said.

He started at the theater as a busser, continuing a family tradition that spans three generations.

"The resounding feeling you have from BDT is family," McDonough said. "We've had many people who have many generations of families who have worked in this building and have worked together."

Since 1977, the theater has been entertaining audiences with 175 different productions. Some of members of their cast have gone on to star on the big screen and Broadway.

"Amy Adams did shows for us. Dan Sharkey has performed on Broadway. Beth Malone. Annaleigh Ashford, who just finished a run of Sweeney Todd on Broadway. They've all come through here," McDonough said. "The pool of talent that we’ve had in this building has been second to none, and a lot of those people just chose to make a life here."

He said live theater promotes discussion and emotions shared with others.

"Seeing a live theater show, even the audiences' heartbeat becomes syncopated," McDonough said. "It becomes something larger than yourself."

It's why he and the rest of this company are grateful for more than four decades spent in the Boulder community.

"Thank you for 46 years of your patronage and giving us a chance to get to know you and you becoming part of our family and for letting us be able to have a life and create our own families doing something we love," McDonough said.

He said the owners of the theater tried to find someone to purchase the company for several years, but it never worked out. The land was sold in May and will eventually become a grocery store and affordable housing.

The rest of the Boulder Dinner Theater's scheduled performances are sold out.

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