Gunbarrel, Colorado

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Gunbarrel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,435 at the 2000 census. Gunbarrel is a developed (built-up) area of Boulder County, but it is not an incorporated town or village. Gunbarrel locations may have postal addresses indicating Boulder, Niwot, or Longmont as the city.

The term Gunbarrel is also used colloquially to refer to a larger area, which includes parts of the city of Boulder and rural portions of Boulder County in addition to the CDP. However, this article is about the CDP specifically.

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Geography

Gunbarrel is located at 40°3′56″N 105°11′15″W / 40.06556°N 105.1875°W / 40.06556; -105.1875 (40.065482, -105.187523)[3]. It is northeast of the city of Boulder proper, separated by a buffer area of private agricultural lands and publicly owned open space. The buffer areas provide over two miles (3 km) of separation over changing elevations.[4] This reduces the impact of the Boulder Municipal Airport and the Boulder County Sheriff's Department facilities (including the county jail), which are located on the southern side of the buffer.

Two reservoirs operated by the Boulder and Left Hand Irrigation Company[5] are located in central Gunbarrel. Irrigation ditches and canals, including the Boulder and Whiterock Ditch, pass though this primarily residential area. The Twin Lakes Open Space, a large park which includes the two reservoirs and extends west along the ditch, is operated by the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department. The park brings protected wetlands, jogging trails and green spaces directly into the urban area. The City of Boulder operates Eaton Park, adjacent to the west lake. Eaton Park includes picnic facilities, BMX jumps and additional protected wetland. Flood control facilities are integral to the reservoir and canal systems, but they do not eliminate the flood risk to adjacent development.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.47%) is water.

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