From a write up on the net:
"Hiking, biking, and the Bard: Who needs reality in Colorado's capital of cool?
* Boulder's reputation precedes it. Long before you crest State 36 and glimpse this city set against the angular walls of the Flatiron Range, you know you are heading for a haven of fitness and liberal politics. As one popular comment has it, Boulder is "20 square miles surrounded by reality."
Fact is, you do see a lot of runners and SUVs with roof racks loaded with kayaks or mountain bikes. Politically, the town is the polar opposite of, say, conservative colorado springs. And counterculture? Well, let's just say that if you need a carrot shake, a therapist, or a New Age guru, you can probably find one here. "
It has a party reputation but is a good school too. Easy access to the resorts, Summit County is less than two hours away depending on traffic. Eldora is 21 miles away from Boulder.