Known for its stunning nature and mountains, Colorado is the perfect place to explore and get off the grid. While Denver has a lot to offer as a metropolitan area, the true charm lies in the rural countryside. Grab your gear and get ready for a mountain vacation. Filled with underappreciated towns that have made a comeback from the mining years, why not take some time off and explore remnants of the Old West mining world and saloon towns? Whether you’re there in winter or summer, or whether you’re an active person or not, these town gems are sure to entertain you with their historic buildings and scenic surroundings.
Why not check out our list of the best small towns in Colorado:
1. Durango, Colorado
Founded in 1880 in the San Juan mining district, the town was named after Durango, Mexico by the governor at the time. He had visited Mexico on a scouting mission and liked the area. Durango is also an archeological site which stands on remnants from Basketmakers and Pueblo, ancient civilizations.
Even if you’re not as interested in archeology, still consider visiting Durango for its outdoors activities or festivals. Stay at the Purgatory Resort and ski if you make it there during the winter, or hike through Animas River Valley any other time of year. Durango also hosts a Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival in a lovely historic Victorian hotel or the Snowdown Festival in February. Whether you participate in any of these activities or just wander Main Street and soak in the sights (and fit in some shopping!), you’ll be thrilled with the natural beauty of Durango.