Nederland Area Guide

Nederland, Colorado stands unique in the beautiful vistas of the area. Tucked into the Rocky Mountains, just west of Boulder, Nederland began as a mining town, but now is a diverse community. With its unique shops, amazing outdoor beauty, a vibrant music scene, Nederland is the epitome of small town charm, whether you work here, play here or visit.

The business community in Nederland is a growing and dynamic one, working closely with the Chamber of Commerce, they sponsor special events throughout the year, providing opportunities to network with other businesses in the area. If you’re considering a project in Nederland, to promote a special event, the Chamber will be more than happy to assist you, offering tips and the proper forms, so give them a call, they’ll be glad to help.

Natural beauty and a plethora of outdoor activities as well as shops that offer one of a kind opportunities for residents and vacationers, so pack that bag and bring your fun! We may be small, but we’re a friendly town that can boast that we have one of the best places around to play. One word of warning, though, you made find it hard to leave once you get here.

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In the mid-19th century, the first homesteaders settled and Nederland began its life known as Dayton, then Brownsville and when the first post office was built, it was called Middle Boulder.   In 1873,  Abel Breed sold his mine to the Mining Company Nederland from Holland, and when the town incorporated they changed the name to Nederland, which means “Low Lands” in Dutch.

The mines soon thereafter and by 1890, there was little ore to be found and Nederland became yet another ghost town for a time, with only a handful of families living there year round.  A second mining boom began at the turn of the century and the old silver mill in Nederland was converted to process tungsten and by 1916, Nederland had a population of nearly 3,000 (about twice its present population).

By 1920, the town’s population had dropped, automobiles had replaced the trains and cabins that dotted the area became summer homes for the well to do from the Front Range. By the 1940’s the last boom had come and gone and the town was left to a small but sturdy group of miners, farmers, ranchers and summer people.  By the 60’s,  Nederland’s population grew again,  with the music scene growing and by the 1990’s the population had grown again, and Barker Meadows was developed into the town shopping center to increase traffic.  Today, the town’s population has leveled out, and tourism has grown with the burgeoning music scene.


Rocky Mountain National Park
This living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Serrated ridges and jagged peaks characterize the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The range is easily identifiable from the Denver area, its sawtooth profile running south from massive, blocky Longs Peak too the rounded hump of James Peak. The granite peaks, a continuation of a mountainous landscape that begins in Rocky Mountain National Park, owe their dramatic sculpted form to the action of glaciers.

Indian Peaks contains a handful of remnant glaciers, considered by some to be the southernmost permanent glaciers in North America. Below these ice fields, most valleys contain other glacial remnants - turquoise lakes that formed in moraines (rock debris left by retreating glaciers) or in depressions created as glaciers scoured rock and earth. Nearly 50 such lakes dot the Indian Peaks, many just a short distance from readily accessible trailheads.

Local Sports

Nederland Nathan Lazarus Skateboard Park (skateboarding, rollerblading, no bikes)

Geurcio Memorial Ball Field (baseball, softball)

Nederland Youth Hockey

Peak to Peak Youth Soccer

Town Calendar

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Community Center Calendar

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