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  • Pre-Order This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness

    Jen and Blake have been hard at work putting together a new cookbook! This Immeasurable Place, co-written with award winner author Lavinia Spalding and featuring images by world-famous photographer Ace Kvale, will include sixty new recipes, a zillion gorgeous images of Boulder, Utah and our glorious farm, plus more stories, history, and insight into the magic of Hell's Backbone Grill and the unique town we call home. We also have a lot to tell you about clean food, good dirt, and food justice in both the quiet little valley and the larger world. All pre-orders will be mailed to your door as soon as they arrice from the printer, personally inscribed to your specifications and signed by Jen and Blake.

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Welcome to Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm!

At Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm, now in our 18th season, we serve food and drink that reflect our deep commitment to sustainability and intention to be of benefit in the world. Our ingredients are simple and honest: sustainably grown vegetables, herbs and flowers from the restaurant's own no-harm organic farm, and Boulder-raised grass-fed and -finished local lamb and beef. We lovingly tend over 75 heirloom fruit trees and 130 heritage-breed laying hens who provide the eggs for the breakfast plates.

Hell’s Backbone Grill’s 6-acre organic farm is located three miles south of the restaurant in Lower Boulder. Our skilled team of farmers and volunteers work to supply our kitchen with as many varieties of heirloom vegetables, greens and herbs as possible during our growing season. Our awesome cook team works diligently to capture and preserve the bounty of the fields. We freeze, dry and can every last morsel!

The farm is worked organically, employing principles of sustainability and Buddhist values of right livelihood. We use no chemicals, all weeding is done by hand (or by our two rescue goats), and we rely on companion planting and relocation to deter pests. Between our six acres, our hoophouse and the straw-bale greenhouse, we grow over 22,000 pounds of produce a year!

Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner.

To make reservations, please call us at (435) 335-7464

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Our Hours

We are open 7 days a week from mid-March through Thanksgiving

Breakfast: 7 am - 11:30 am

Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Dinner: 5 - 9 pm

Happenings & News

The Monks Return to Boulder!

The Drepung Loseling Monks

Boulder Mountain Lodge and Hell’s Backbone Grill are co-hosting these incredible monks as they teach, perform, play and inspire! Please join us! Being with the monks is fun, uplifting and joyous! There will be many opportunities to spend time with them and events to attend.

The Tibetan Monks will be creating a Sand Mandala this year. You are encouraged to visit multiple times during the week to see the progress. A donation is appreciated during the construction of the mandala.

Daily Meditation Prayers or Puja Practice at the Boulder Mountain Lodge lawn in Boulder, Utah. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no fee for the sessions, but a donation is appreciated. Please note: as grass may be damp, bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit in.

In addition, the Monks are available for a puja (blessing) for your well-being, home or business.
 For any questions regarding the monks stay or to request a special blessing, please contact Oyuki Cortez at Hell’s Backbone Grill (435) 335-7464 or hbg@hellsbackbonegrill.com.

By reservations only, enjoy a lovely lunch with the monks. Please call to reserve your seat.

The Monks are on tour to help their monastery raise funds to educate, feed, house and care for about 3,000 exiled Tibetan Monks. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the scheduled events. There is no fee, but a donation is greatly appreciated for each event. We are deeply honored to host the Monks and hope you will take advantage of their time here in Boulder, Utah to visit them.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The monks will arrive in Boulder in the afternoon and we'll be hosting a welcome reception for them. We'll serve butter tea and desi (the traditional auspicious saffron and goji berry sweet rice).
 Blake Spalding, co-owner of the Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm will provide offering scarves for anyone who wants one. All are invited to attend! Time to be determined.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting Opening Ceremony from 10 AM to 6 PM in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Friday, July 21, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

‘Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness’ at 4PM on the Boulder Mountain Lodge
 lawn. A one hour talk by the spiritual leader of the group, followed by a question & answer session. (Suggested donation $10-15)

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Mandala Sand Painting (10 AM to 5 PM) in the Boulder Mountain Lodge Common Room

Closing Ceremony & Dispersal of Sand begins at 6 pm.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. A $15 donation is suggested for the closing ceremony.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Daily Meditation Prayers (Puja Practice) 7:30 AM

Singing in the Canyon-Burr Trail Slot Canyon. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. Please be gathered at the Hell’s Backbone Grill by 8:15 AM. We will be leaving the restaurant promptly at 8:30 AM. It takes approximately 20 minutes one way by car. Carpool from the restaurant if possible there is limited parking on the road.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Departing after breakfast, final blessings, offering scarves, time to be determined.

To book a room at the Boulder Mountain Lodge, please call (435) 335-7460.


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