Just up the canyon from Boulder, this sleepy mountain town serves as a gateway to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, with it's myriad options for backpacking, hiking, climbing, and backcountry skiing. In the winter, Eldora is an awesome ski resort just 10 min outside of town.

Top Spots

Drive the Peak to Peak Highway

Nederland, Colorado

55 mi / 705 ft gain

Aspen Alley Trail Loop

Nederland, Colorado

2.53 mi / 331 ft gain

Pungy Stick, Aspen Alley, Sugarloaf and Clearcut Loop

Nederland, Colorado

3.06 mi / 397 ft gain

Tungsten and Kinnickinnick Loop at Mud Lake

Nederland, Colorado

2.82 mi / 325 ft gain

Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski at Caribou Ranch

Nederland, Colorado

4.2 mi / 750 ft gain

Peewink Mountain OHV Trail

Boulder, Colorado

3.71 mi / 253 ft gain

Caribou Peak Trail

Nederland, Colorado

3.16 mi / 620 ft gain

Caribou OHV Road

Nederland, Colorado

8.67 mi / 725 ft gain

Jumbo Mountain, Jenny Lind Perigo and Dakota Hill OHV Trail

Black Hawk, Colorado

7.81 mi / 1932 ft gain

Places to stay

Rollinsville, Colorado

Kelly Dahl

Black Hawk, Colorado

Pickle Gulch

Black Hawk, Colorado

Cold Springs

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder A-Lodge Hotel

From $99 / night

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder A-Lodge Cabin

From $149 / night

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder A-Lodge Hostel

From $39 / night

Guides and stories

A First-Timer's Experience Visiting the Colorado Rockies

Andrew Todd

The Ultimate Winter Getaway to Winter Park, Colorado

Chelsea Brinkley

For A Time Like This - Backyard Wildlife Photography

Brynn Schmidt

From Here to Anywhere: Rent an Adventure Van from Boulder's A-Lodge

The Outbound Collective

Fall is the Right Time to Visit Boulder

The Outbound Collective

Rediscovering One of the Best Areas to Hike Near Boulder, Colorado

Kyle Reader

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