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Top 5 Activities to do Near Wander Black Hawk

Trails Through Time: Nederland's Outdoor Adventure and Mining Heritage

 Natalie Kowalewski
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Top 5 Activities to do Near Wander Black Hawk

Located in the scenic Front Range and conveniently located for short drives to Boulder and Denver, Nederland offers easy access to mountain biking, hiking, and outdoor activities. The town features high alpine landscapes, mountain views and diverse recreational opportunities. You can also explore remnants and historical buildings from the mining era in Nederland, which boasts a rich mining history. Keep reading to discover the top spots to visit in this picturesque town.

Blue Owl Books & Boutique

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  • Distance from Wander Black Hawk: 7.3 miles

  • Location: 176 CO-119, Nederland, CO 80466

  • Hours: 12PM-6PM Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 11AM-6PM Saturday & Sunday; Closed Tuesday

  • Phone: (303) 258-3695

  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/BlueOwlBooks/ 

Blue Owl Books, a distinctive and eclectic second-hand bookstore, ice cream parlor, coffeehouse, and music venue, is a gem in the local community.

Wild Bear Nature Center

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  • Distance from Wander Black Hawk: 7.5 miles 

  • Location: 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466

  • Hours: 10AM-5PM Friday-Monday; Closed Tuesday-Thursday

  • Phone: (303) 258-0495 

  • Website: https://wildbear.org/ 

Operating since 1995, Wild Bear Nature Center has been fostering enduring bonds between individuals and nature by encouraging imaginative exploration of the outdoors. With a focus on mountain ecology, Wild Bear offers a free hands-on nature center, year-round environmental education programs for diverse age groups, and features interactive exhibits, live rescue animals, hands-on discovery, a maker space, sensory gallery, nature library, gift shop, trail information, and snowshoe rentals.

Tip: This is an excellent family-friendly activity. Be sure to check out the calender for more details on upcoming events!

Blue Bird Mine Complex

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The Blue Bird Mine, situated in what is now Caribou Ranch Open Space, serves as a testament to the aspirations that drew thousands to Colorado in search of fortune. Initially a silver mine, Blue Bird thrived in 1876, producing high-quality ore and garnering local excitement. Over its 90-year history, the mine faced shifts in purpose, from silver production to a tourist attraction when the Switzerland Trail brought visitors, and eventually returning to mining until its closure in 1964. Today you can still visit the remains of this mine area to experience history first-hand!

Nederland Mining Museum

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Explore the Nederland Mining Museum to delve into Boulder County's hard rock mining era, gaining insights into the lives of miners from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Witness an array of "tools of the trade," trams, ore carts, engines, historic photographs, and mining claim maps, while discovering the minerals mined in Boulder County.

Tin Shed Sports Bike Rental 

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  • Distance from Wander Black Hawk: 7.6 miles 

  • Location: 112 E 2nd St, Nederland, CO 80466

  • Hours: 8AM-6PM Monday-Wednesday & Friday; 8AM-5PM Thursday & Sunday 

  • Phone: (303) 258-3509

  • Website: https://www.tinshedsports.com/ 

Explore a diverse range of bikes from renowned brands like Rocky Mountain, Specialized, and Salsa through the demo program. Customers can apply the rental fee (up to $150) towards the purchase of any full-priced bike. The rental includes a full suspension or fat bike (winter only), helmet, water bottle cage, and a tool kit.


There is tons to do in Black Hawk, Colorado and our 24/7 Wander Concierge is on standby if you ever need more suggestions. Just send them a text directly in the Wander app or via text at 737-377-3205. Happy adventuring!

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