10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Colorado

Colorado is just gorgeous in general, so it’s hard to pick just ten beautiful small towns. However, after a little searching and comparing (and perhaps a hiking trip or two), it becomes apparent that some of Colorado’s small towns have a little something special. From hot springs to sparkling falls, there are many hidden treasures within the borders of tucked-away small towns! Are you interested in discovering the best of Colorado’s mountain communities? Here is a list of the 10 most beautiful small towns in Colorado.

1: Durango

Durango
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Durango is one of those towns that you never want to leave. When you visit, you start looking into real estate. There’s a lot to love here, from the quaint historic homes to the incredible running and hiking trails to the stunning Colorado landscape. Lately, the town has been characterized by a distinctly millennial, hip vibe, complete with indie coffee shops. It is a college town, after all.

Address: Durango, Colorado
Website: www.durango.org

2: Silverton

Silverton
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This former mining town is nestled away into a practically hidden niche of Colorado’s beautiful green slopes. It is located near the Silverton Mountain ski area, making it a popular winter destination. The main summer tourist draw for Silverton is the classic train ride that goes to the little town. Visitors enjoy the historic feel of the area, from the small population to the historic architecture.

Address: Silverton, Colorado

3: Aspen

Aspen
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This small ski town is likely to be one of the most beautiful small towns you’ve ever visited. It’s located in the heart of some of Colorado’s most incredible natural area, and it boasts amazing views anywhere you look. It’s popular for both its skiing and hiking, and it is near beautiful glacial lakes. If you’ve never been to Aspen before, you haven’t done the quintessential Colorado ski experience.

Address: Aspen, Colorado

4: Crested Butte

Crested Butte
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Known by some as the “Last Great Colorado Ski Town,” this little piece of wintery paradise has made an incredible transformation from coal mining town to tourist destination over the last century. In the winter, of course, it’s the ideal ski place. In the summer, the gorgeous peaks draw visitors up green slopes by foot and bike. Throughout the year, Crested Butte hosts a number of fun festivals, including a wonderful Independence Day bash!

Address: Crested Butte, Colorado

5: Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs
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This lovely little town is named for natural mineral springs that first drew settlers to its environs. Today, it draws visitors with its picturesque little downtown shops and nearby hiking trails. Nearby Pikes Peak is the most iconic sight in the town, and you can’t miss at least a quick hike in the area when you visit.

Address: Manitou Springs, Colorado

6: Telluride

Telluride
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"Stunning" is a good word to describe Telluride and its surrounding area. Incredible mountains, sheer cliffs, tumbling falls, and glacial lakes are just a few of the natural wonders you can access from this town. Within the town, the historic district offers plenty to enjoy in the way of dining and shopping.

Address: Telluride, Colorado

7: Ouray

Ouray
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Although Ouray offers the typical Colorado skiing and hiking activities, it also draws tourism for some unique aspects of its geography. The town features ice climbing in the winter and hot springs in the summer. The town is beautiful, with the majority of the town retaining its classic Victorian architecture.

Address: Ouray, Colorado

8: Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jason Cipriani

Glenwood Springs is a small town located on the banks of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers in a verdant Colorado valley. This lovely community has always drawn visitors because of its natural springs, but lately it has undergone changes that have brought about gentrification and growth. It is a college town, boasting two schools and a high student population. It also has a thriving arts scene, and has even been voted one of the best art towns in Colorado.

Address: Glenwood Springs, CO

9: Breckenridge

Breckenridge

With under 5000 residents, this small Colorado town captures the quintessential feel of small town, USA. The town is close to a ski area, and it is also a great place for fly fishing and hiking. The Blue River, not far from the town center, offers plenty of summer fun, while winter brings the annual snow festival. The yearly film festival is also popular with both visitors and locals.

Address: Breckenridge, CO
Website: www.gobreck.com

10: Trinidad

Trinidad
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Trinidad, Colorado is a world away from the island it was named for. Its mountainous, alpine surroundings offer a dramatic backdrop to this historical trading town. Located between the New Mexican border and Denver on the historic Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad is a great place to stop during road trips.

Address: Trinidad, CO

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