Hear the mountains calling? Just west of Boulder are acres of pine forest and small communities that beckon those looking for a close-to-nature lifestyle. The largest of these is Nederland, which is just 30 minutes from Boulder but with a decidedly funky high-country spirit. Popular with adventure seekers, “Ned” (as it's known to locals) sits at the gateway to the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
Shhhh… Best-Kept Secret: Chipeta Park is a pretty and peaceful sanctuary next to Boulder Creek.
Claim to Fame: Frozen Dead Guy Days (yes, really!), a now-famous, tongue-in-cheek festival celebrating a Nederland man who was cryogenically frozen after his death in the late 1980s
Lay of the Land
Nederland is 16 miles from Boulder, up winding and dramatic Boulder Canyon (keep an eye out for rock climbers dangling from the canyon walls). Barker Meadow Reservoir sits at the mouth of the canyon on the town’s eastern side, and from its western banks, you can walk to downtown, which centers around East 1st Street. The Indian Peaks and James Peak wilderness areas provide a vast and wild playground to the north and west.
What Locals Love to Do
Alpine ski, snowboard, or Nordic ski at Eldora, the local ski mountain, just five miles from town.