Nederland Area Recreation Information
Nederland is located only a few miles from the Continental Divide, surrounded by national forest lands and on the edge of the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. Rocky Mountain National Park is within an hour's drive. Visitors can easily start from one of several area trailheads and hike to 12,000 feet above sea level or higher in just a couple of hours. You can walk across a glacier or see for miles from the top of a 13,000' peak. Longs Peak, perhaps the most famous of Colorado's 14ers, is a 12 - 15 hour hike/climb for those in shape to meet that challenge. You can fish a mountain stream, discover old mining digs, bike along abandoned railroad beds, or have a snack at an alpine lake above timberline.
Most people visit our area for the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our mountains. Whether you want to explore on foot, by bicycle, or from the comfort of your car, the Nederland area offers some of America's most beautiful landscapes.
You can find comfortable day hikes or try rock climbing. There are strenuous or relaxing bicycle trails, backpacking or campground camping, ghost towns to explore or day tripping in your car. You can fish a lake or stream, or go horseback riding. In the winter, there is plenty of snow for alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing. It's all here waiting for you to decide how you'll spend your time in the Nederland area. Choose from the list of activities at the left and learn what opportunities await you.
In addition to a good map, all visitors to the high country should be sure to be in good physical condition and have plenty of water in order to avoid high altitude sickness. The purchase of a CORSAR Card supports the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund, and offsets the high costs of back country rescues. CORSAR Cards are available locally at Indian Peaks Ace Hardware.