Photos: Twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal

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Just in time for summer vacation season, Cities Journal has come up with its picks for the top twelve small cities in Colorado -- and while there are plenty of great spots that didn't make the cut, those that did are generally worthy selections in our opinion.

Look below to count down the photo-illustrated top twelve, featuring excerpts from Cities Journal text -- and click here to visit the original post.

Number 12: Creede

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The only municipality in Mineral County, CO, Creede is at the eastern end of the San Juan Mountain Range. Creede has a year-around population of only 400 people, but that number increases dramatically during the summer months as visitors flood into the San Juans for vacation and recreation.

Like many of the one-time mining towns of the San Juans that were established during the gold and silver rush of the 1890s, Creede's economy is now driven by tourism. Creede's visually spectacular geography and wide range of recreation activities -- hiking, climbing, mountain and road biking, rafting and kayaking, ATV trails and 4×4 roads -- keep the town buzzing from May until August....

Number 11: Hotchkiss
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The population of Hotchkiss is just under 1,000 people. The town is located between Blue Mesa Reservoir and Delta, Colorado on Highway 92. Hotchkiss is one of two towns on this list that was founded by pioneer Enos Hotchkiss, a civil war veteran that moved west with his two brothers Rosewell and Preston in the late 1860s from New York.

After making his fortune in Lake City, CO mining gold, he moved to the North Fork Valley to enjoy milder winters where he established the namesake town....

Continue to keep counting down the twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal.


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John Hall
John Hall

You left out the fact that Gunnison is colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra.

Daren Matthews
Daren Matthews

Elizabeth. Sedalia. Westcliffe. Fairplay. Pagosa Springs....

Corinne Anne
Corinne Anne

Next summer let's check this out, Victoria Shinault, Jonathan Shinault

Bill Falk
Bill Falk

Georgetown, Estes Park, Keensburg

Ted Foureagles
Ted Foureagles

While I like all of these places, I'm disappointed that they left out my beloved hometown of Salida. The Chamber of Commerce blurb is "Heart of the Rockies", and it's apt. The old signs on the highway at the Chaffee County line used to say "Now THIS is Colorado!" I wholly agree. If you ever visit Salida, get off of the bland highway drag (I suggest F Street) and head north until you get to the historic district on the river. The place has changed over the decades I've known it. It's become more like other places, most notably with the infection of a Wal-Mart, but is in my opinion still one of the finest towns on earth. }}}}

coreysteinberg07
coreysteinberg07

 The title should have been best small towns in Western Colorado(excluding Telluride and Durango)....I don't even consider Glenwood Springs or Aspen "small towns".  There are great small towns on the Eastern Plains and in Northern Colorado.  Next article should be "Top 5 small towns from each region of Colorado".

Brie Lysek
Brie Lysek

I love Nederland for a quick getaway and Buena Vista

Patty Bohlen
Patty Bohlen

Julie, Of the 12 small Colorado cities mentioned, I've been to Silverton, Durango, and Aspen. I've also been to several of the State Parks-Colorado is truly a beautiful state. Still, there's nothing like our Old Ky Home!

Jessica Lucero
Jessica Lucero

Ridgway is an awesome place... Ouray is probably my favorite!!

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Surprised that Salida and Pagosa Springs didn't make the list, those along with Ouray are my favs.

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