Colorado's Best Mountain Towns
As someone who once called Colorado home, the allure of the state's mountain towns in the summer holds a special place in my heart. The vibrant bursts of wildflowers create a breathtaking backdrop for exploration and adventure. The lively farmers markets in these towns offer a taste of local culture and a chance to try the region's fresh produce and unique creations. There is not better place than Colorado in the summer.
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Crested Butte

This magical mountain town has some of the most vibrant and stunning summertime wild flowers. It’s one of the few popular mountain towns that still had it’s old town charm. Go snag some fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market then hit the mountains for some of the best mountain biking, hiking, and fishing in the state.

The Secret Stash
@katherineferguson
A MUST! A funky and vibrant pizzeria, Secret Stash is renowned for its creative and delicious pizzas with unique toppings. It's a must-visit spot for pizza lovers in Crested Butte.
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Ouray

Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee
@katherineferguson
Indulge your sweet tooth at this delightful chocolatier and café. Treat yourself to handmade chocolates, rich hot chocolate, and specialty coffee drinks.
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Steamboat Springs

 Most people know it as a ski town but summer in Steamboat is just as lovely. Most of the hikes up there are less trafficked than the rest of the state plus you can enjoy a float down the Yampa to give your legs a rest. Strawberry Hot Springs is a MUST!  

Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs
@katherineferguson
The best place to go for a hot springs experience. The pools are different temperatures with an ice cold snow melt pool right next to their hottest pool for the perfect cold plunge. Be sure to make a reservation in advance and bring cash!
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Aurum Food & Wine Steamboat
@katherineferguson
Located along the Yampa River, Aurum offers a sophisticated dining experience with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Their diverse menu features elevated American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Hit their happy hours for amazing deals — this is one of my favorites!
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Durango

Not far from Ouray is this magical town. Durango, second to Crested Butte, has some of the most stunning wildflowers in the San Juans. Nestled in the Animas River Valley, it offers a mix of outdoor adventures and Old West charm. Explore historic downtown, ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, go river rafting or explore the hundreds of hikes nearby.

Steamworks Brewing Company
@katherineferguson
A beloved local brewery, Steamworks offers a diverse menu of pub classics paired with their award-winning craft beers. Don't miss their wood-fired pizzas and hearty burgers.
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Strater Hotel
@katherineferguson
This hotel has the perfect place to experience Old West charm.
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Aspen

 Famous for its stunning mountain formations, Aspen offers a blend of adventure, culture and luxury. You can spend your days hiking, biking and rafting or exploring the downtown area with upscale shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the hike up the Maroon Bells. Go the extra mile past the crowds to take in the scenery in a quiet space. Pro tip: the best summer time hike is from Crested Butte to Aspen or vice versa. It’s worth every step!  

White House Tavern
@katherineferguson
Known for its delicious burgers and cozy atmosphere, this popular spot offers a fantastic selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails.
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The Little Nell
@katherineferguson
At the base of Ajax Mountain, this is Aspen's only ski in / ski out hotel. It's has a beautiful modern character and is a great place for apres!
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Buena Vista

 A second favorite to Crested Butte, Buena Vista is a summertime gem. Hikers know it as the town as the base of the Collegiate Peaks, 4 striking 14,000ft mountains. Its full of outdoor activities with the most popular being a white water rafting experience down the Arkansas River. Hike, bike, float, eat – whatever tickles your fancy – Buena Vista has it all while maintaining an old mining town feel.  

Eddyline Restaurant | South Main
@katherineferguson
Situated along the Arkansas River, this brewery and restaurant serves up tasty pub fare and boasts an impressive selection of craft beers brewed on-site.
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Surf Hotel & Chateau
@katherineferguson
Perfect blend of luxury and adventure! This is THE place to stay in Buena Vista. You can watch the river surfers right out your window or drive down the road to some of Colorado's most magical 14ers.
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Often traveling with my backpack and a pocket full of snacks, dabbling in budget and luxury travel. I'm always looking to discover hidden gems in new places and dive into local culture. Though most my days are spent on a bike, paddling a river or hiking through the forest, I love a relaxing beach day soaking in the sun and sangria. I call Jackson Hole, WY home but spend any free time I have exploring new places with friends, family, or solo. I'm a certified travel advisor so when you book hotels, expeditions, etc. with me, expect perks like upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and food and beverage credits. I'm here to plan your next girls trip, your honeymoon, a solo trip and everything in between. Let's adventure together!
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Colorado's Best Mountain Towns
As someone who once called Colorado home, the allure of the state's mountain towns in the summer holds a special place in my heart. The vibrant bursts of wildflowers create a breathtaking backdrop for exploration and adventure. The lively farmers markets in these towns offer a taste of local culture and a chance to try the region's fresh produce and unique creations. There is not better place than Colorado in the summer.
10 Places • ago
Free

Crested Butte

This magical mountain town has some of the most vibrant and stunning summertime wild flowers. It’s one of the few popular mountain towns that still had it’s old town charm. Go snag some fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market then hit the mountains for some of the best mountain biking, hiking, and fishing in the state.

The Secret Stash
@katherineferguson
A MUST! A funky and vibrant pizzeria, Secret Stash is renowned for its creative and delicious pizzas with unique toppings. It's a must-visit spot for pizza lovers in Crested Butte.
Add to
Details

Ouray

Mouse's Chocolates & Coffee
@katherineferguson
Indulge your sweet tooth at this delightful chocolatier and café. Treat yourself to handmade chocolates, rich hot chocolate, and specialty coffee drinks.
Add to
Details

Steamboat Springs

 Most people know it as a ski town but summer in Steamboat is just as lovely. Most of the hikes up there are less trafficked than the rest of the state plus you can enjoy a float down the Yampa to give your legs a rest. Strawberry Hot Springs is a MUST!  

Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs
@katherineferguson
The best place to go for a hot springs experience. The pools are different temperatures with an ice cold snow melt pool right next to their hottest pool for the perfect cold plunge. Be sure to make a reservation in advance and bring cash!
Add to
Details
Aurum Food & Wine Steamboat
@katherineferguson
Located along the Yampa River, Aurum offers a sophisticated dining experience with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Their diverse menu features elevated American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Hit their happy hours for amazing deals — this is one of my favorites!
Add to
Details

Durango

Not far from Ouray is this magical town. Durango, second to Crested Butte, has some of the most stunning wildflowers in the San Juans. Nestled in the Animas River Valley, it offers a mix of outdoor adventures and Old West charm. Explore historic downtown, ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, go river rafting or explore the hundreds of hikes nearby.

Steamworks Brewing Company
@katherineferguson
A beloved local brewery, Steamworks offers a diverse menu of pub classics paired with their award-winning craft beers. Don't miss their wood-fired pizzas and hearty burgers.
Add to
Details
Strater Hotel
@katherineferguson
This hotel has the perfect place to experience Old West charm.
Add to
Details

Aspen

 Famous for its stunning mountain formations, Aspen offers a blend of adventure, culture and luxury. You can spend your days hiking, biking and rafting or exploring the downtown area with upscale shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the hike up the Maroon Bells. Go the extra mile past the crowds to take in the scenery in a quiet space. Pro tip: the best summer time hike is from Crested Butte to Aspen or vice versa. It’s worth every step!  

White House Tavern
@katherineferguson
Known for its delicious burgers and cozy atmosphere, this popular spot offers a fantastic selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails.
Add to
Details
The Little Nell
@katherineferguson
At the base of Ajax Mountain, this is Aspen's only ski in / ski out hotel. It's has a beautiful modern character and is a great place for apres!
Add to
Details

Buena Vista

 A second favorite to Crested Butte, Buena Vista is a summertime gem. Hikers know it as the town as the base of the Collegiate Peaks, 4 striking 14,000ft mountains. Its full of outdoor activities with the most popular being a white water rafting experience down the Arkansas River. Hike, bike, float, eat – whatever tickles your fancy – Buena Vista has it all while maintaining an old mining town feel.  

Eddyline Restaurant | South Main
@katherineferguson
Situated along the Arkansas River, this brewery and restaurant serves up tasty pub fare and boasts an impressive selection of craft beers brewed on-site.
Add to
Details
Surf Hotel & Chateau
@katherineferguson
Perfect blend of luxury and adventure! This is THE place to stay in Buena Vista. You can watch the river surfers right out your window or drive down the road to some of Colorado's most magical 14ers.
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Details

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CURATED BY
Often traveling with my backpack and a pocket full of snacks, dabbling in budget and luxury travel. I'm always looking to discover hidden gems in new places and dive into local culture. Though most my days are spent on a bike, paddling a river or hiking through the forest, I love a relaxing beach day soaking in the sun and sangria. I call Jackson Hole, WY home but spend any free time I have exploring new places with friends, family, or solo. I'm a certified travel advisor so when you book hotels, expeditions, etc. with me, expect perks like upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and food and beverage credits. I'm here to plan your next girls trip, your honeymoon, a solo trip and everything in between. Let's adventure together!
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