Discover Our Lodging near Downtown Boulder

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.014938 Longitude: -105.266613

Whether traveling for leisure or business, Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast provides a refreshing retreat-like alternative to chain hotels. Convenient to restaurants, shopping, and outdoor activities, as well as Naropa University and the University of Colorado Boulder, our eco-friendly B&B offers unparalleled hospitality, organic breakfasts, and luxurious amenities in a casual, welcoming atmosphere.

Driving Directions:

From D.I.A. Via Toll Roads – 42 miles / 50 minutes

This is the faster and simpler route. The toll road never has much traffic.

  • The Denver International Airport exit puts you onto Pena Blvd.
  • Follow Pena Blvd. (the airport road) to E-470 / Northwest Parkway, two toll roads that connect seamlessly to get you most of the way to Boulder. Take the tollway N. exit – exit 6B toward Fort Collins. Please see the section below for more information on paying tolls – it changed recently. Be sure to discuss the issue of tolls in advance with any rental-car company!
  • Follow the Northwest Parkway until it merges onto US 36 West, the Boulder Denver Turnpike. (The NW Parkway becomes Storage Tech Drive/S. 96th St. before this, but you won’t notice a change.)
  • Stay on Hwy-36 all the way into Boulder (approximately 9 miles) where it stops being a freeway and becomes 28th Street.
  • At the 2nd Traffic Light turn left onto Arapahoe.
  • Go one-half mile (past 2 more traffic lights – the road will narrow to two lanes after the 2nd light) to 22nd Street. Turn right onto 22nd Street, and immediately left into the Briar Rose brick parking lot.
  • Driving time should be approximately 45 minutes.

Toll Information

On E-470, the first two toll booths you will pass, you don’t need to do anything but drive, as you will either be billed from your license plate or from a transponder in a rental car. On the Northwest Parkway, which will be the third toll-booth, you can stop and pay cash as you might expect. Note that credit cards are not accepted. After 10 pm the booth is not staffed, and they will bill you from the license plate. The entire route is straightforward, but the toll payment is somewhat confusing. Be sure to discuss the issue of tolls in advance with any rental-car company! They all have something worked out, but some will charge an extra $25 fee if you don’t have this figured out in advance. Some details follow, as extracted from the web sites for the toll roads. We don’t provide links because the sites are somewhat confusing.

  • E-470 – No cash is needed to pay a toll on E-470. A customer who does not have an ExpressToll account automatically becomes a License Plate Toll customer. A License Plate Toll bill will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle 30 days after the first transaction. The License Plate Toll bill must be paid in full by the due date or all the transactions will become toll violations. A toll violation notice will be sent for each of those violations.
  • Northwest Parkway – If you do not have an active ExpressToll account and travel the road between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm, you must stop and pay cash for your tolls at our Main Plaza toll booths. Credit cards are not accepted at the toll booths. You do not need exact cash at the Main Plaza. Our courteous and friendly toll collectors will gladly provide change for bills of $20.00 or less.

From D.I.A. Via Public Roads – No Tolls – 44 miles / 1 hour (up to 1 hour 20 minutes depending on traffic)

This route is not much longer, but has much more traffic and lower speed limits. Starting from Denver International Airport Arriving at Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, 2151 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder

  • The Denver International Airport exit puts you onto Pena Blvd.
  • Follow Pena Blvd. for about 11 miles.
  • Take the exit for I-70 West.
  • Keep right at the fork to continue toward I-70 W, and merge onto I-70 W.
  • Take exit 279 to merge onto I-270 W “to Ft. Collins”.
  • Follow signs for US-36 to Boulder.
  • Stay on Hwy-36 all the way into Boulder (approximately 21 miles) where it stops being a freeway and becomes 28th Street.
  • At the 2nd Traffic Light turn left onto Arapahoe.
  • Go one-half mile (past 2 more traffic lights – the road will narrow to two lanes after the 2nd light) to 22nd Street. Turn right onto 22nd Street, and immediately left into the Briar Rose brick parking lot.
  • Driving time should be approximately 1 hour, to 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is close to:

  • Shopping: Pearl Street is a half-mile walk (the pedestrian part is a little farther) and the new 29th Street Mall is 7 blocks west on Arapahoe Avenue
  • Restaurants (there are numerous excellent restaurants within a few blocks)
  • Movie Theaters (7 blocks)
  • University of Colorado (just up the hill)
  • Naropa University (across the street)
  • Boulder Creek Path (a pedestrian trail along the creek for walking, running, bicycling, or skating), about 100 yards away
  • the unique Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse (9 blocks)
  • Farmers’ Market (9 blocks, Wednesdays and Saturdays in season)
  • Entertainment (university venues, sports bars, music venues, etc.)
  • Transportation (major bus lines and the downtown bus terminal)
  • Boulder’s famous Chautauqua Park in the foothills of the Rockies (< 2 miles)
  • Mountain Trails (< 2 miles)
  • and it’s a short drive to all the major business centers in Boulder County.

Parking Information:

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast


We describe the parking in Boulder for our guests, both at the property and the most likely destinations: downtown, the University of Colorado at Boulder campus, and the Naropa University campuses.

The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast property has 2 parking lots offering a total of 10 parking spaces.

  • Our front parking lot, located on the west side of 22nd Street has four parking spaces.
  • Our back parking lot accessible through the alley directly north of Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast has seven parking spaces, 3 on our property, and 3 that we rent from the property next door. Those we rent are on the other side of a fence, but clearly marked as ours.

Parking on the streets surrounding Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is regulated by the city of Boulder:

  • No parking is permitted on the west side of 22nd Street.
  • 2-hour parking is permitted once per day on the east side of 22nd Street.
  • Parking restrictions are in effect 8am-6pm Monday through Friday. Please be aware how strictly the city enforces the parking: the city writes over fifty parking tickets an hour to a population of about 100,000.
  • Parking is permitted on both the north and south sides of Grove Street (the next block north of Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast).

University of Colorado Parking

Visitors to CU Boulder’s campus may park at any of the parking meters or pay stations throughout campus.

Parking Meters

  • Meters cost $1.50 per hour.
  • The maximum time limit varies at different locations around campus and is displayed on each meter.
  • Meters accept coins and meter debit cards, which can be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services business office.
  • Blue parking meters are designated for the disabled.
  • Red parking meters are for service and delivery vehicles and cost $3.00 per hour. These meters are intended to ensure quick turnover and must be paid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Parking Pay Stations

  • Parking pay stations cost $1.50 per hour.
  • Visitors can pay using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express) a meter debit card, or coins.

Garage Parking

  • Garage parking is available every day from 7am -11:30pm at the Euclid AutoPark located between Broadway and 18th Street (east of the UMC).
  • From 7am-5pm, the rate is $1.75 per hour (up to three hours).
  • After three hours, the rate is $3.00 per hour.
  • An unlimited parking fee of $3.00 applies after 5pm, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday parking at the University of Colorado is free unless otherwise posted.

Naropa University Parking

Arapahoe Campus

  • Parking at Naropa University’s Arapahoe campus requires a parking permit for all lots designated “A” lots.
  • There are 4 free parking spaces labeled “visitor parking” at the Arapahoe campus.
  • Visitors may purchase single-day parking permits from the Transportation Department located in the basement of the Lincoln building at a cost of $3.00 per day.
  • Parking is monitored from 7am-6pm on Parking is not monitored on holidays or weekends.

Nalanda and Paramita Campuses

  • Parking is free and unrestricted at the Nalanda and Paramita campuses.

Downtown Boulder

Parking in downtown Boulder is available at pay stations and metered street spaces, in city parking lots as well as in 5 public garages.

Pay Station and Metered Street Parking

  • Costs 25¢ for 12 minutes or, $1.25 per hour.
  • Parking is enforced Monday through Saturday from 9am-7pm.

Public Garage Parking

  • Costs $1.25 per hour, and $2.50 after 4 hours.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays are free.

The five city of Boulder parking garage locations are:

  • 11th & Walnut at the Randolph Center
  • 11th & Spruce
  • 15th & Pearl
  • 10th & Walnut at the St Julien Hotel
  • 14th & Walnut at the RTD bus station

A city of Boulder parking lot is located downtown at Broadway and Spruce and has the same restrictions as pay station and metered street parking.

Contact Information:

Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
2151 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: (303) 442-3007
Toll-free: (888) 786-8440
Fax: (303) 786-8440
info@briarrosebb.com