As the largest mountain town in Boulder County, Nederland offers residents a contrast of rustic mountain life with the more city-like atmosphere of Boulder just 19 miles down the canyon. The town was born as a settlement for gold, silver and, later, tungsten miners. The promise of riches from the town's mines drew thousands of residents to the mountains in the late 1800's.
In 1874, the city was incorporated and had more than 3,500 residents at its peak. A community of individuals, today the population is around 1400, and there is no shortage of lively political interaction. The former mining boom town is taking advantage of its mountain crossroads location with a new tourist information center. Although the city entertains many tourists due to its great location and beautiful scenery, the residents enjoy a rustic mountain life with the amenities of the bigger cities.
Owners of the nearby Eldora Ski Area have expanded snow making capabilities and upgraded other facilities, offering the area an economic shot in the arm. Eldora offers skiers a quality resort much closer than those deeper into the mountains. Barker Reservoir, a favorite fishing spot, lends itself to multiple outdoor recreational uses. The area is a mountain paradise and outdoor sports enthusiasts love the opportunities that exist for residents. The town prides itself on a sense of community and the aesthetic beauty and serenity of the area deserve your attention.