Monday, August 16, 2010

Travel Spot: Nederland, Colorado

Nederland, Colorado, is a small town nestled in the front range of the Colorado Rockies, roughly between Denver and Boulder. It sits above 8,000 feet, on the banks of the Barker Meadow Reservoir. Nederland is a picturesque little town of less than 1500 people, with a long history. It started out in the 1850s as a trading post serving the various mines in the area. As the population in the mountains grew, it survived as a place to shop and get supplies, and as a crossroads on the way to many attractions, including Rocky Mountain National Park, and Roosevelt National Forest. Today the town calls itself the "Gateway to the Indian Peaks". The view above is of Nederland from across the reservoir.

Today, Nederland combines the look of an old mountain town with being a tourist spot, and with a distinct hippie vibe (Nederland was the third town in Colorado to legalize Marijuana). There are shops and restaurants, and a few hotels. Nederland is also the site of at least two annual music festivals, Ned Fest (coming up on August 28 & 29), and Frozen Dead Guy Days each March. It makes a great stopping point on your way to or from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, which is just an hour north.
You can get to Nederland from Denver by following Colorado Highway 72 from the west side of town up Coal Creek Canyon (a very pretty drive), or you can go up Boulder Canyon Drive from downtown Boulder. The trip will take about an hour from Central Denver, and about half an hour from Boulder.

Information on visiting Nederland is available here.

No comments:

Post a Comment