Colorado mountain towns, ranked by Outside magazine
It's not unusual for Colorado to land on travel destination lists.
Driving the news: A new ranking of the "best mountain towns" published by Boulder-based Outside magazine is no different.
Why it matters: Here in Colorado, we take mountain town rankings seriously — because if half the list is not in our state, something's not right.
State of play: Among Outside's top 24 places, Colorado appears just twice.
- Telluride ranks third — behind Jackson, Wyoming, and top-spot Park City, Utah — for being "not just some manufactured ski-resort village but an actual community."
- Durango lands at 19th for its "four seasons of adventure," including rafting, hiking, skiing and mountain biking.
The rub: We can rattle off a dozen of our favorite Colorado places that got snubbed in favor of mediocre other picks.
- John's favorite: Crested Butte. It's the launch pad for everything outdoors — great skiing, off-roading, biking, hiking and paddle boarding.
- Alayna's favorite: Idaho Springs. It's less than an hour from Denver and still boasts the quaint charm and stunning scenery of Colorado's most remote destinations.
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