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December 07, 2023

Winter Escapes: Nederland and Boulder's Snowbound Charm

Explore the winter magic of Nederland and Boulder, Colorado, and their scenic beauty and festive fun.

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Nederland and Boulder, Colorado, offer a winter wonderland for visitors and residents alike. These two charming towns come alive with festive activities, stunning scenery, and endless opportunities for adventure.

Nederland: A Quintessential Mountain Town

Eldora Nordic Center Eldora Nordic Center. Photo credit:

Nederland is a small town with a big personality. Known for its laid-back atmosphere and vibrant arts scene, Nederland transforms into a winter wonderland in the colder months. The town is home to Eldora Mountain, a popular ski resort offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, Nederland offers miles of scenic trails perfect for winter hikes and snowshoe outings.

Must-Do Winter Activities in Nederland

Eldora Mountain

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  • Cross-country ski or snowshoe at the Eldora Nordic Center.
  • Go ice skating at the Barker Meadow Reservoir.

Barker Meadow Reservoir ice skating Barker Meadow Reservoir ice skating. Photo credit:

  • Take a scenic sleigh ride through the mountains.
  • Enjoy a cozy meal by the fire at one of Nederland's many restaurants.
  • Browse the unique shops and art galleries in downtown Nederland.

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Fun Facts about Nederland

  • The town was once known as "The Switzerland of America."
  • Nederland used to be home to a very funky event - Frozen Dead Guy Days Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival.
  • Nederland is a popular destination for cyclists and hikers.

Is Nederland a Good Place to Live?

Nederland is a great place to live for those who enjoy an active lifestyle and a close-knit community. The town offers a variety of amenities, including good schools, parks, and a thriving arts scene. However, it is important to note that Nederland is located in a high-altitude environment, which can be challenging for some people.

Boulder: A Cultural Hub with Mountain Charm

Boulder Boulder. Photo credit

Just a short drive from Nederland, Boulder is a vibrant city with a strong focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. Like Nederland, Boulder transforms into a winter wonderland in the colder months. The city offers a variety of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing at nearby resorts. Boulder is also home to Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian-only street lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Things to Do in Boulder During Winter:

Boulder Ice Rink Boulder Ice Rink. Photo credit:

  • Explore the shops and restaurants on Pearl Street Mall.
  • Visit the CU Art Museum or the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo credit:

  • Take a stroll or hike in the foothills above Boulder.
  • Enjoy a winter festival or event, such as the Boulder International Film Festival (February 29 - March 3, 2024) or the WinterFest at Colorado Chautauqua (December 8-10, 2023).

Boulder International Film Festival Boulder International Film Festival. Photo credit

Directions to Nederland and Boulder

Nederland is located approximately 18 miles west of Boulder. From Denver, Take Highway 36 to Boulder, turn left on Highway 119/ Boulder canyon drive to Nederland. The drive is about 45 miles. To get to Boulder from Denver, take Highway 36 east to Boulder.


Nederland and Boulder offer a unique combination of winter fun, small-town charm, and cultural attractions. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure, these two Colorado towns have something to offer everyone. So bundle up, pack your bags, and head to Nederland and Boulder for a winter wonderland experience you'll never forget.

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