Colorado is one of those states with so much to offer. It has a decidedly “Western” feel to it but, at the same time, is home to one of America’s best cities and it is chock full of incredible natural beauty.

In addition, Colorado’s small towns have all sorts of surprises to offer. Want to find a new place to hit the slopes? You can. How about reliving a gold rush town? Yup, you can do that. Maybe you’d love to check out a cool arts scene? Colorado has that too. 

In this post, we’re going to highlight some of Colorado’s best small towns. These gems will keep you exploring the state for years to come.


Stagecoach ride in Silverton, Colorado

Silverton is a former mining town that now features a huge historic district. Visitors can wander the streets of downtown which have maintained that Western feel from the late 1800s. Or you can take a stagecoach ride through town, visit the historic railway, and learn about the area touring city hall.


Trinidad, Colorado was once part of the Santa Fe Trail so it has tons of history which you can learn at the Trinidad History Museum. And, this is one town that art loves will never want to leave. Artists from all over the world are attracted to this area to paint, draw, and sculpt. You can see their works at one of the local museums including the A.R. Mitchell Museum.

Crested Butte

Crested Butte, Colorado, townview with snow covering everything and mountains in the background

Who wouldn’t love to spend time in a place known as “The Wildflower Capital of America?” And while you’re enjoying the flowers, don’t forget to take in the fantastic mountain views. You can mountain bike here all summer or take in one of the many festivals. And when the winter comes ski, snowmobile, and snowshoe throughout the area.


purple grapes in a wine vineyard

Wine tasting is always a popular activity for people to enjoy. But most don’t consider Colorado a place that’s known for its wine. Well, think again. The charming Colorado town of Palisade is home to over two dozen wineries. Wander (or bike) the wine trail to visit these vineyards and enjoy tours and tastings.


clear water view with mountains in the background in Aspen, Colorado

No matter the time of year, Aspen has something cool going on. All winter long, it’s home to some of the best skiing in America as people come here from all over the world. In the winter, the trees turn, and hikers and bikers love exploring the White River National Forest. During summer, there are a ton of festivals and farmers markets.


Imagine finding a quaint Victorian village smack in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Well, welcome to Georgetown. This former mining village has worked hard to preserve its Victorian-era buildings and feel for the past 100 years. Explore the historic downtown, Hamil House Museum, or ride the local steam locomotive. 


Each of these charming Colorado towns will give you plenty to do and see on your vacations. Once you visit one, be sure to keep adding more to your list!