10 Non Resort Based Small Attractive Mountain Cities In CO

Dated: 10/23/2014

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Colorado is famous for its ski towns. And often times beautiful small cities and towns in our state’s mountains that don’t operate chair lifts are left alone. Below is a list of 10 non-resort-based small cities and towns in the state that are no less interesting and deserve attention of locals as well as tourists.

Glenwood Springs (Population: 9,614). Though it’s renowned for owning the world’s largest mineral hot springs, Glenwood Springs is more than a relaxation stop. It was named “Most Fun Town in America” by USA Today thanks to its rich history, downtown events, unique theme park, caverns, waterfalls and outdoor sports.

2. Durango (16,887). Having slowly gained population each year since 2003, it may no longer be that appropriate to call Durango a “small city.” The area has an airport, a four-year university, a river running through its still-quaint downtown and is a veritable ground zero for outdoors enthusiasts.
3. Estes Park (5,858).The gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has long been a favorite in-state getaway for big city-dwellers. And given the city’s preponderance of events, including Autumn Gold, Elk Fest and the Stanley Film Festival tribute to horror movies, there are plenty of reasons to visit.
4. Gunnison (5,854). Though its infamous for bitter-cold winters, Gunnison has culture thanks to Western State Colorado University and ruggedness thanks to the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest, along with Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, home to some of the state’s best hunting and mountain biking.
5. Salida (5,236). Salida has a blue collar feel due to its railroad roots. Since the railroad left, the town has made an effort to creatively re-purpose some woebegone facilities, especially along the Arkansas River, where restaurants, art galleries, theaters and an even an event center now stand.

Pagosa Springs (1,727). Dropping 5,000 vertical feet, the drive down Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs is breathtaking. The hot springs and outdoor activities in the Weminuche Wilderness, the state’s largest, have led many to purchase a Pagosa getaway, as 60% of private property is owned by nonresidents.

7. Paonia (1,451). Paonia may be one of the most unique mountain towns in Colorado. Not only is it temperate enough to house orchards and vineyards, it is also socially diverse enough to host festivals on both ends of the spectrum, including an annual BMW motorcycle rally and the 1992 Rainbow Gathering.
8. Idaho Springs (1,717). Most Front Range residents know Idaho Springs as their gateway to the Rocky Mountains. With a great restaurants row, including the original Beau Jo’s, a brewery and a recently-renovated hot springs lodge, it has become as much a destination as it has a cherished pit stop.
9. Monte Vista (4,444). Monte Vista is one of the bird-watching capitals of the world. In fact, thousands of sandhill cranes descend on the area each year as part of their pilgrimage back north for the summer. Attendees of the town’s Crane Festival are also treated to a historic downtown that seems to pride itself on its preservation efforts.
10. Cañon City (16,400).Home to the Royal Gorge, the highest bridge in the U.S., and a whopping 13 prisons or penitentiaries, Cañon City has always attracted an interesting breed. And all its residents seem to enjoy the city’s expansive parks system as well as water sports on the Arkansas River.

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I specialize in Denver Colorado and surrounding communities of metro Denver area. If you are selling your home I will make sure you get TOP dollar. If you are looking to purchase a home I will make sure that you get the best deal possible. Please contact me directly via phone or text at 303-817-6818.

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