Sense of Place
With a vibe as wholesome as Wheaties, this tidy, charming, and tree-lined community is prized for its mountain views and convenient location between Longmont and Boulder. Over the years, Niwot has nurtured its small-town community while maturing well beyond the humble railroad stop it started off as.
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Shhhh… Best-Kept Secret: The Niwot Sculpture Park and Outdoor Gallery is a mini escape full of inspiration, right in town.
Claim to Fame: Niwot is named after the legendary Chief Niwot (Niwot means “left hand”), the leader of the area’s Southern Arapaho people in the mid-1800s.
Lay of the Land
Niwot’s classic American downtown, a National Historic District, centers around Second Avenue (Niwot’s main street). The landscape quickly gives way to rolling hillsides dotted with expansive estates and acres of farmland. A location set back from the foothills has the benefit of sweeping views that incorporate the often-snow-capped Longs Peak and Indian Peaks.
What Locals Love to Do
- Get to know the familiar faces in downtown Niwot’s shops, cafes, cozy inns, and taverns in original turn-of-the-century buildings.
- Cruise the scenic and less-traveled roadways popular with a robust community of cyclists.
- Let the kiddos run wild at Niwot Children’s Park, an imaginative playground that’s a favorite with families.
- Plan for downtown annual events, including the popular Rock and Rails concert series and small-town parades and pancake breakfasts.
- Visit the farms surrounding town and toward Longmont, some of which offer community-supported agriculture shares and tours.