A May 2005 trip
to Nederland by coloradowanderer
Quote: Nederland, nestled in the mountains west of Boulder, is truly a hippie haven. The extremely laid-back attitude provides a kind welcome to all lifestyles. Go horseback riding, explore the mining museum, or hang out with locals at a coffeeshop and just Neditate.
Pull up a stool at the bar and surely a local will strike up a conversation by asking, "Where are you from?" It seems everyone knows each other here, and you will stand out as a visitor, which might earn you a welcome drink from a fellow patron. Stick around for live music in the evenings and shake your bones to bluegrass or local musicians’ original tunes. The staff is friendly, and they pulled out a map to help us find an alternate route home. It is open daily for breakfast at 7:30am and serves lunch, dinner, and late-night munchies. Drinks and meals are generally less expensive than down the canyon in Boulder.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2005
15 E. First St.
Nederland, Colorado 80466
Drivers can be aggressive and often exceed the speed limit on the winding drive. Pull over onto a long stretch of gravel to allow the car to pass. Follow signs to other canyon turnoffs to sightsee without all the traffic on the main road.
If you do not have a car during your visit, the bus runs all the way to Nederland. Pack a lunch, hop off, and have a picnic by the creek and then catch the bus again. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on the roads, on the rocks, and in the sky. This is bear, deer, fox, and eagle country.
If flying in from lower elevations, take 2 to 3 days to adjust to being 1 mile high before heading up to high country. Be sure to bring plenty of water, as you will need more than usual to stay hydrated. Breathe deeply and enjoy the view.