Dakota Ridge

The up-and-coming haven booming with new commercial offerings and sleek townhomes.

Welcome to Dakota Ridge

The up-and-coming haven booming with new commercial offerings and sleek townhomes

A relatively new and utterly radiant community, the neighborhood of Dakota Ridge sits ensconced by the majestic slopes of the Foothills next to US-36. Front range views and the breathless splendor of open space are a few of the hallmarks of Dakota Ridge, which seems to grow and expand daily. Home to the largest dog park in Boulder and a magnificent swath of unspoiled land, Dakota Ridge is Boulder’s latest residential hotspot that you won’t want to miss out on.

Created to accommodate Boulder’s booming population, Dakota Ridge wasn’t developed until the early 2000s and is one of Boulder’s youngest neighborhoods. Handsome townhomes and luxury apartments painted in a neutral palette make up the majority of residential real estate in this area, with more luxe housing on the way. Traditional and contemporary are well-blended here, with rustic textures and innovative designs creating one-of-a-kind styles. Dakota Ridge rests a few minutes north of North Boulder, and consequently, the neighborhood is set to burst due to the “No-Bo,” development that’s quickly gaining speed.

What to Love

  • An influx of restaurants, dining, and housing
  • Adjacent to the thriving No-Bo area
  • Under ten minutes to downtown Boulder and Pearl Street

People & Lifestyle

From the upcoming park development to the presence of tremendous schools, Dakota Ridge is a veritable oasis for families ready to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle. The multitude of apartments and condos additionally serves singles and young professionals who want some distance from the pulse of downtown, and every resident enjoys the perks of accessing US-36. Those who live in Dakota Ridge are also within easy distance of several trails and walking paths, making the neighborhood appealing to outdoor enthusiasts as well.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Both its proximity to the commercial array of downtown Boulder and its own status as a growing center of delightful food and retail contribute to Dakota Ridge’s abundance of exciting opportunities for entertainment and activity. Despite its newness, the area is already replete with eclectic eats and fashionable boutiques. Sports apparel stores and gear shops are plentiful, and those such as Boulder Cycle Sport ensure that the large population of bike riders have their every sporting need met.

The intoxicating scent of espresso wafts out from Amante Coffee, a much-loved meeting place for bicyclists perking up before hitting the trails. Market-driven meals inspired by international flavors bring the menu of The North End at 4580 to life, and their recently remodeled venue is all about fostering an intimate, eclectically cool, urban vibe. The fare in Dakota Ridge is globally diverse as well, and restaurants such as Little Tibet honor the show-stopping flavors of different cultures through masterfully recreating authentic meals. At Little Tibet, the Indian and Tibetan cuisine are hailed as some of the best in all of Colorado.

Things to Do

Dakota Ridge residents are lucky enough to be within walking distance of some of Boulder’s most expansive parks, including Foothills Community Park and Dakota Ridge Park. At 65 acres, Foothills Community Park contains Boulder’s largest off-leash dog park, as well as a plethora of sports fields, inline hockey rinks, hiking trails, playgrounds, and courts for basketball.

For an indoor-outdoor combination of exhilarating family entertainment, there’s nowhere better than Gateway Park Fun Center. Located right off of US-36, this all-in-one facility is packed with energizing activities like go-kart racing, mini-golf, and inline hockey and provides a colorful atmosphere for dates and family nights alike.


Dakota Ridge is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Shining Mountain Waldorf School, PK & K-12, one of the top ten private schools in the state
  • Crest View Elementary School, K-12, highly rated public elementary school
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