Elevation 8,233'
Population 1,394
Google Map of Nederland

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 District.

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, 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.


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