Nederland is a small mountain community of slightly over 1,500 residents who insist this mining-camp-turned-town is anything but average. Gateway to the Indian Peaks of the majestic Rocky Mountains and base camp to the Eldora Ski Resort, this dynamic mountain hamlet offers more than enough reason to add it to your bucket list of must see places.
From the infamous Frozen Dead Guy Days in March, to the Ned Fest music festival hosted each year, the uncommon character of Nederland will draw you into its rich history, making you feel like an old friend stopping by to say hello. No visit could be complete without a ride on one of the 56 hand-carved beauties of the 1910 restored Carousel of Happiness.
About 19 percent of residents are involved in telecommuting and the town boasts a high ratio of scientists and professional artists among its population, with 49 percent of them holding college degrees. Located 17 miles west of Boulder, on first glance Nederland may appear to be just another quiet mountain town, but a closer look reveals there is more to this picturesque place.