$6.25 to run at the Boulder Res?

Boulder Runner and Daily Camera columnist Clay Evans digs into inconsistent fees at the Boulder Res.
From Boulder Daily Camera

The only thing more irritating than a nonsensical rule is a nonsensical rule inconsistently applied and enforced. But even worse than that is a nonsensical, inconsistently applied rule that everyone agrees is stupid and should be changed.

I headed out on the warm morning of Aug. 17 for a run from IBM west along Monarch Road, then south along dirt roads skirting Boulder Reservoir, planning a loop route that would take me -- as it had uncountable times before -- through the west gate of the Rez, past the swimming beach and marina, then north along two dams and back to Tom Watson Park.

But this time, I was startled out of my late-summer running revelry just as I ran past the gatehouse when someone shouted at me.

"Sir" -- being called "sir" is one of the great, weary disappointments of later life -- "you have to pay the fee to go into the reservoir," said a perfectly pleasant teenage employee. "It's $6.25."

I have run that way, summer, fall, winter and spring, for well over a decade, and never been asked to pay for the privilege of trotting approximately 0.8 of a mile. Just passing through. That's about $7.80 per mile. Around a buck a minute, for me.

I drew faux pockets from my hips with pinched fingers.

"I don't carry money when I run," I said. "When did this start?"

"Just this summer."

I offered a choice description of the policy, "greedy" being the only part I can print here.

"You can always go back the way you came," the boy suggested.

So I did. My pace picked up a bit, fired by irritation. When I got home I emailed a couple of Boulder City Council members about the experience.

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1 Comment


It's been that way for a while. You can still run through the back (from the dam) for free. Although most run through, a lot of people stop, use the facilities, and swim. Weird rule but the option to come in the back is still pretty lenient.

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