Nederland is 17 miles west of, and 3,000 feet above, the city of Boulder. It is the largest town along the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway that runs
more than 55 miles from Black Hawk/Central City to Estes Park. Along
the way, motorists will pass ghost towns, Golden Gate Canyon State Park,
the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Longs Peak (14,255'), and Rocky Mountain
National Park. The road is well paved and open all year. It is one of
the most scenic drives in the state. Nederland is served by regularly
scheduled daily RTD bus service to and from Boulder.
The history of our area was built upon mining, primarily gold, silver,
and tungsten. Later the area became a destination for those seeking
outdoor recreation, the quiet beauty of the mountains, and a slower
way of community life. In addition to towns that have long since been
deserted or abandoned, there are three National Historic Districts close
by: Eldora, Ward, and Central City.
Summers in Nederland are popular for tourists. A good first stop, and
a source for maps and information on area recreational opportunities,
is the Nederland Visitors Center operated by the Nederland Area Chamber
of Commerce and located in the center of downtown.
In the fall of the year thousands of visitors flock to the area to
view the spectacular vistas of golden aspens that blanket the nearby
hillsides. Fall is also an excellent time for hiking and biking with
days that are usually dry and warm.
Winter visitors come to cross-country ski or snowshoe in the back country, or
to ski and snowboard at Eldora Mountain Resort just five miles from
town. Five hotels and motels and over a dozen restaurants, cafes, and
coffee houses provide a variety of cuisine and dining options. Live
entertainment is often available at one or more of these establishments.
Less than a mile north of downtown on Highway 72 is the Nederland Community
Center. This building hosts many special events and gatherings, and
is home to many local organizations. The Nederland Community Library,
The Nederland Area Seniors, The Nederland Lions Club, The Backdoor Theater
(which presents first run movies on the weekends), Wild Bear Science
School, and the Nederland Arts Cooperative share the building with the
offices of the Nederland Police Department and the Nederland Fire Protection
In addition, Nederland has a well equipped Youth and Family Center
at the west end of Barker Reservoir. The Doc Gilespie House and a new
Mining Museum, both operated by the Nederland Historical Society, are
in the downtown area.
Over the years, Nederland has been home to a variety of colorful and
interesting characters. Perhaps none has been more controversial or,
recently, more famous than Grandpa Bredo, who has been kept frozen for
several years in a storage shed with the help of bi-weekly dry ice deliveries.
A short film documentary of his story, "Grandpa's in the Tuff Shed,î
has been making the film festival circuits in recent years.
Nederland is also the home of the award-winning Mountain-Ear newspaper, THE source
of news and information for residents all along the Peak to Peak Highway.
All Nederland Town offices can be reached at (303) 258-3266. The Nederland
Police can be reached at (303) 258-3250. For all emergencies, dial 911.