Niwot is nestled among huge cottonwood trees in the Left Hand Valley of eastern Boulder County. Named after Chief Niwot, an Arapahoe leader, early settlers used this territory along the Front Range to hunt and fish. With spectacular scenery featuring everything from the Rocky Mountain National Park to lush farmland and gently rolling terrain, this part of the state is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. To this end, it is little wonder why so many seek out the lifestyle afforded to residents in towns that comprise Boulder County such as Boulder, Longmont and Niwot.
Today, Boulder County has both rural and urban settings. The University of Colorado at Boulder, two award-winning school districts and numerous scientific, research and recreational facilities are among the County’s attributes. Over 200,000 people call this area home with most living in larger cities such as Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette and Louisville. The rest are dispersed throughout smaller towns such as Lyons, Nederland, Ward, Jamestown, Superior and Erie, and unincorporated areas including the communities of Niwot, Gunbarrel and Allenspark. Overall, Boulder County makes for an excellent place to live, work and play as is evident by the continued migration of people into the region.
Conveniently located along I-119, Niwot residents have easy access to all of the neighboring cities and towns, opening the door to endless opportunity for its citizens. The University of Colorado provides a cultural hub for the region in addition to enabling locals to attend and support major collegiate athletic teams in a variety of sports. The University’s student athletes participate in several men’s and women’s sporting events year-round and compete within the Big 12 Conference. Additionally, with the greater Denver area being less than 45 minutes away, a plethora of educational, employment, recreational and cultural amenities abound. Because of this, Niwot’s citizens have strived to maintain a small town atmosphere despite experiencing tremendous economic growth in past decades.
Niwot’s accessibility to neighboring cities and their amenities makes for simple commutes when necessary, all the while allowing locals to maintain quiet city streets, safe and clean neighborhoods and plenty of open space for outdoor recreation. The simple beauty of Niwot is very appealing. From flowing streams and waterways to tall, shady trees, this town is famous for its aesthetic appeal and historic preservation efforts as much as the character of its fine citizens.