Nederland, Colorado is mainly known for the Frozen Dead Guy Days held the first weekend in March each year. However, it's a nice place to spend a day any time of year. A recent visit revealed plenty of things to do in the summer, especially if you have a canine companion along. The town is very dog friendly and there were many pups of all sizes in evidence during our visit.
Nederland is about thirty minutes from Boulder on Highway 119, or around an hour's drive from the northwest Denver suburbs via Highway 72. From Colorado Springs, it takes about two hours, and you can either go through Boulder or via Highway 470 West. It's a pretty drive and a nice day trip out of the Denver area.
A trek around the Barker Reservoir is not to be missed. It's a beautiful spot with plenty of room for fishing or hiking. Dogs big or small will enjoy exploring several different paths. The reservoir is accessible from the middle of town. One possible path goes through Chipeta Park, complete with a children's fishing pond.
Before you set off around the reservoir, the B&F Mountain Market is a great place to stock up on supplies, including bulk dog treats for your canine buddy. After your hike, you can take a spin on the Carousel of Happiness and cross the street for a snack and maybe some reading material at Blue Owl Books, Coffee House & Ice Cream Parlour. The waffle cones were a favorite snack for our little buddy.
If you'd like more information, visit the Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce web site.