While many tourists headed to Colorado turn their sights toward places like Denver, Vail, and Aspen, some of the best outdoor recreation can be found in lesser-known small towns around the state – often at half the price. Here's a list of towns that often get overlooked as overnight stays even though a trip to one of these spots can be perfect for an outdoorsy weekend getaway.

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TomReyburn

You finally got to the West Slope at the end with a couple of "Honorable Mentions" in Silverton and Ouray. Both great towns. If out of state visitors read this site, please understand that the REAL Colorado is all west of the Continental Divide. Lake City, Creede, Telluride and Crested Butte to mention a few. Drive quickly through the front range smog and traffic and get to the part of Colorado that makes it famous.

Just another human

Westcliffe and Salida are both great selections. How about showing La Veta/Cuchara some love? Beautiful part of the state and not crazy crowded.

Highlander

Woodland Park? Nice town but the weekend traffic is ALREADY brutal. I wouldn't consider it small either.....merely a convenience for supplies for us mountain folk. I tend to avoid it as much as possible.

chaos60

Ridgway, Colorado does have excellent places to eat. However, the restaurant that is pictured, The Outlaw Restaurant is located in Ouray, not Ridgway.

csuram99

Great list - we invite you to visit the most remote county/town in the lower 48 - Hinsdale County and Lake City, Colorado! Definitely an overlooked and must visit place!

Vampi2u

You forgot DURANGO

Sonny08

Ssshhhh! We're already overcrouded with tourists!

juliem

YES to Sonny08. The last thing we need is MORE tourists, especially TX ones from hotspots spreading their germs. You know, the ones who won't wear masks? The ones who won't shut off their loud, stinky diesel trucks while they play with their phones? Ya those ones.

David J Riley

It Would be WONDERFUL if you just FORGOT Durango. We were SO HAPPY before the Mainstream REMEMBERED and SWAMPED OUR RIVERS, MOUNTAINS, AND PEACEFUL RESPECT FOR NATURE. But Being COLORADO and Its FRIENDLY, APPRECIATIVE KIND, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPECTFUL, We just Adapted to the GROWTH AND SKYROCKETING LAND PRICES , And only Ask that you MAINTAIN THESE INCREDIBLE MOUNTAINS, and Take your Noisy Machines and Trash Back Home.

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