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Nestled between the mountains and reality, it’s the 180th NPL Convention in Boulder, Colorado!
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The Pearl Street Ballroom is located on the ground floor of the Embassy Suites. Meals will be served in this room. All meeting spaces, including the Pearl Street Ballroom, will open at 6pm Wednesday. All rooms except the Pearl Street Ballroom will close at 10am Sunday. The Pearl Street Ballroom will be open until 6pm Sunday. All meeting spaces are on the ground floor.
The Enchanted Mesa room (located on the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn)
We are supposed to limit our hospitality food and drinks to the hospitality suite. Please be discreet if you want to snack in another location. The hospitality suite will open mid-day Thursday. This room will have tables for puzzles, handouts, walkaround puzzles, shared physical puzzles, portable escape rooms, etc. You can also leave any games or other materials for use by others during con.
To view the RockOn! program by itself, click here.
No breakfasts are provided as they are complimentary with Embassy Suites rooms. Embassy breakfasts are served 6-9am weekdays and 7-10:30am weekends
The Wednesday picnic overlaps the free happy hour provided by the Embassy Suites. Snacks will be available both with the happy hour and in our private area. The Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau will have a free photo booth and table tennis in the courtyard for our use.
Group photos will be taken during lunch, one table at a time. There will be no ensemble photo.
More detailed information on the facilities available for the Con, including room specifications for those running games, is available here. There's also a 3D model of the convention facilities.
The NPL's Code of Conduct applies to all activities at this convention.
The organizers of this convention are committed to preserving a welcoming and respectful environment for anyone who wishes to participate. We do not tolerate harassment of convention-goers or League members in any form. If you feel that any individual is speaking or acting inappropriately, either toward you or to someone else, please contact a member of the Code of Conduct Committee to mediate or intercede, as necessary. Read the full Code of Conduct here.
DEN for flights, DIA for bus routes
It is approximately 40 minutes by car and an hour on the bus or other airport transportation to Boulder. An RTD bus drops you right downtown for $10.50. Uber/Lyft are also options and run around $45 each way. Fore more information on the bus or other intermediate options, see below.
Don’t miss your flight! Plan to arrive at the airport with 1½-2 hours ahead of your flight on the return to the airport.
From DIA to Boulder (Westbound) schedule
From Boulder to DIA (Eastbound) schedule
Be sure to check the right schedule - both buses run on different timetables on weekends. There is also a handy trip planner here: https://www.rtd-denver.com/app/plan.
Fare to Boulder is $10.50. Exact change, credit/debit, or get a ticket using their convenient mobile app.
Board at Gate 8 between the airport and Westin Hotel, on Level 5. Larger items may get stowed under the bus.
Nearly every bus stops at Boulder Downtown Station. Otherwise, 28th and Arapahoe nearby. Con hotel is within reach of both. Lengthy walk, short Uber or cab ride.
Boulder has bus lines and there is a stop right in front of the hotel.
Boulder is quite easy to navigate. Generally speaking, roads that go north-south are numbered and roads that go east-west have names. One notable exception is Broadway, a major north-south road. The mountains are always to your west. North of Canyon Blvd streets are generally in alphabetical order with charming names: Alpine, Balsam, Cedar, etc, etc. It will generally take no more than 15 minutes to drive from one place to another in Boulder.
By state law, you must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Boulder has painted crosswalks and also flashing crosswalks. Watch out for pedestrians and bikers! Pedestrians don’t always trigger the flashing lights in crosswalks and many assume you see them when you don’t. There is heavy pedestrian and bike traffic at crosswalks, especially on Farmer’s Market days, Wednesday and Saturday. Boulder also has extensive bike lanes that are in roadways. Keep an eye out for bikes when you’re turning either direction. Right turns can take out bikers in your blind spot, approaching from behind you. Left turns can take out fast-moving bikes approaching you from ahead.
Keep an eye out for deer, they may be found on the streets in all of the city of Boulder, but especially in wooded areas.
There are lots of ways to bike in Boulder. You can find short-term rental bikes scattered around town. You can rent a bike for many days or a week. You can rent an electric bike. No matter how you bike around Boulder, be careful when you are biking along a street or crossing a street. Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you before you cross a street. Trigger flashing crosswalks if you cross there. Look for turning cars before crossing. Wear a helmet. Use a headlight and taillight at night - you can get a ticket for biking at night without them. Yes, you can be pulled over for drunk biking.
Same cautions about crossing at crosswalks, etc. You probably won’t need a helmet or taillight.
Boulder sits at around 5,400′ above sea level. Mostly you won’t feel the altitude except for putting on your shoes, walking up stairs or walking uphill. You will breathe more heavily if you exert yourself. Plan to drink more fluids to compensate for the dry climate. If you drink alcohol, it may affect you more quickly than normal.
The weather averages are 88° for the high and 57° for the low in July. Generally speaking, July is our “monsoon” season, with an afternoon thunderstorm that passes quickly. It is quite intensely sunny in Boulder. Wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside.
1905 28th Street, Boulder CO 80301 (0.2 miles)
Hours: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM M-F, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sat website
There are many (like 100) restaurants in the shopping areas close to the hotel. Here is a selection of places from Kryptogram.
Please don't consider any activity recommendations as safety advice.
Looking west from any part of the city, you’ll see four peaks. These babies crest over 8,000′ and form much of Boulder’s iconic skyline. From the north to south they are Flagstaff Mountain, Green Mountain, Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak, sitting a bit behind Bear Peak. You can hike to the top of any of these, though you may need a long day for it. The easiest to summit is Green Mountain (you can drive to the top of Flagstaff, but a hike to the top takes a few hours and I don’t recommend it). Make sure to start your hike early in the day, to allow time to get off the top before the typical afternoon thunderstorms roll in. Lightning is a real danger on the summits. Tell someone where you're going if you're planning a solo hike.
You can climb on those big rocks! Boulder abounds with a lifetime of great climbing. Eldorado Canyon, in the south, is a beautiful area, the Flatirons, looming to the west, is packed with great routes and Boulder Canyon, Mt. Sanitas, Gregory Canyon and other smaller areas are all within 15 minutes of town. Be safe, take a partner and use your best judgement. Much of the Flatirons will be closed to climbing to protect raptor nesting during the convention time period. You can find out about closures online.
Rent a tube and experience the free waterpark that is Boulder Creek. It can be quite a scene, with college students, little kids, fly-fisherpeople, dogs and kayakers all having a great time. The water can be hair-raising, especially in a big snow year like this one. The water is cold and the drops can flip you over (if you hold on to another tuber over drops it's easier to stay upright). Wear a helmet, water shoes and a life vest. Watch your butt! The Foot of the Mountain Motel rents tubes right at Eben G Fine Park, a fine place to tube, especially if you walk up the path to the first cascade. Check the water level at the State of Colorado's Water Conditions Site.
NOTE: Because of our unusually cold and snowy spring, peak runoff is a month late this year. This means that Boulder Creek is running anywhere from 2-4 times its normal flow for July. The sheriff closed the creek for tubing 4th of July weekend and may extend the closure into the convention week. For your safety please obey posted signs and stay out of the creek if it is closed.
Lots of information available here.
Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and is treated nearly the same as alcohol. You must be 21 to consume any alcohol or marijuana. You may not consume marijuana in public. You may legally possess 1 ounce of marijuana. To purchase cannabis products, you must show legal ID Dispensaries possibly only accept cash for purchases. There are many different types of products sold at dispensaries that contain THC or CBD (non-psychoactive). Some are for medical ailments and some are for parties. Your budtender will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Generally speaking, something you smoke will effect you very quickly, something you eat will take between 15 minutes and 2 hours to start to take effect. Something you put on your skin will have a very small effect. Careful with edibles as this is where people end up overdoing it. Watch for the compounding effects of alcohol + marijuana.
Although you may possess marijuana products in Colorado, National Parks, ski mountains on National Forest land and courthouses and post offices are federal property. Marijuana is still illegal in these places. Don’t fly home with products, the Denver Airport is federal property also.
Please don’t consider this legal or medical advice.