Nederland, Colorado

Over recent decades, Nederland has become a destination for recreationists, visitors, retirees, and others wanting to be closer to the mountains. Located north of Denver, Colorado and in Boulder County, Nederland is surrounded by public lands, including the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest, and the James Peak Wilderness.

In 2016, Nederland experienced the Cold Springs Fire, which burned 525 acres, damaged 18 structures, including 8 homes. An additional 350 homes were at immediate risk, with spread potential to critical infrastructure, such as the Barker Reservoir which supplies a major portion of fresh water to Boulder, CO. Nederland also witnessed the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010, which burned within 5 miles of the community and destroyed nearly 170 homes.

Nederland was selected as a CPAW community in 2020 and will build off wildfire mitigation measures already supported by the county. During the next year, the CPAW team will review the community’s municipal code, including zoning, subdivision regulations, and building code, and provide recommendations to better integrate wildfire mitigation measures into new and existing development.


  • 2020 CPAW Community
  • Population: 1,496
  • Growth Rate (2000-2017): 12.1%
  • Fuel Type: ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce, grass, shrubs, sage, juniper