Small towns are arguably the backbone of not just Colorado, but the United States as a whole. (Amen? Amen.) While we love the history and friendly residents that make small towns what they are, we also adore just how beautiful these places can be, which is why we are rounding up 11 of our favorite postcard-worthy communities:
Oh, Palisade... there are no words for you and your juicy peaches, 2,700 locals, and vineyards! As if there wasn't enough to do around your city limits, you are also surrounded by the most spectacular of canyons and plateaus, like the Book Cliffs (pictured).
Okay, so Durango may not be as small as the other towns on our list (with a population of nearly 18,000), but it is quite possibly the most picturesque, thanks to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and several nearby National Parks.
Though it may be small (with a population of less than 300), the mountain town of Creede is mighty with its surrounding landscape, historic downtown area, and lots of mom and pop restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques!
Think you are looking at a postcard of Switzerland? Think again! Nicknamed the "Switzerland of America," Ouray is home to 1,000 residents, relaxing hot springs, tasty breweries and restaurants, and a fascinating mining history.
Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Durango, Silverton is another former mining town with historic buildings that pop amidst the lush mountain background. (Totally postcard-worthy, right?)
Does this picture make you think you jumped into a time machine and headed back to the old west? Good, it should! Welcome to Burlington, which is located near the Colorado/Kansas border and offers such wholesome goodness as the must-visit Old Town and historic Kit Carson Carousel.
Is it just me or does this picture look more like a watercolor painting than a snapshot? Either way, the small town of Frederick (located just north of Denver) is a beauty, thanks to its charming downtown area and community events like the Frederick in Flight hot air balloon festival!
8. Manitou Springs
It may be located just to the west of Colorado Springs, but Manitou Springs seems like it is a million miles away from it all, with such gems as the Miramont Castle, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, train tours, and hot springs.
9. Glenwood Springs
Set against Lookout Mountain, Glenwood Springs is quite possibly one of the most unique towns in all of Colorado. Why? Because it houses such natural features as Hanging Lake (pictured), Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, of course!
Who says the desert isn't beautiful? The small, northwestern town of Dinosaur (which, if you didn't already guess, is home to the iconic Dinosaur National Monument) begs to differ!
Last but certainly not least is the town of Calhan; an Eastern Plains town that is not only down the road from Colorado Springs, but home to great food and antiquing, AND the colorful Paint Mines Interpretive Park! (Who else is ready to take a colorful hike amidst these historic Native American canvases?!)
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