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These 12 Smallest Towns in Western Colorado Boast Amazing Views

Sure, you can visit any “resort town” in Colorado to soak in the character of the west, but what if you don’t like the crowds. Peppered across Colorado are some of the tiniest towns and villages that boast charm, character, and magnificent views. Take a look at some of the smallest town in western Colorado.

You may have driven through these towns, blinked and missed them. Next time your out and about, don’t miss these awesome towns.

Ridgway – Pop. 977

I love the rainbows here! #rainbow #doublerainbow #sobeautiful

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Ridgway, Colo. has a claim to fame most Coloradans know. The original 1969 version of John Wayne’s True Grit was filmed here. A quick stop into town and you can relive some of the movie’s scenes.

Hotchkiss – Pop. 944

#adventure #explore #hotchkiss #mountains #roadtrip #viewoutthewindow #colorado

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Nestled in the North Folk Valley of Colorado’s Western Slope, “Friendliestiess Town Around,” Hotchkiss, Colo. was first settled in 1881 and has a post office named Hotchkiss that has been in operation since 1882.

Collbran – Pop. 708

The Real Western Slope

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A small ranching community on Colorado’s Western Slope, Collbran, Colo. is the “gateway” to many area activities during the summer and fall months.

Nucla – Pop. 711

Nucla, Colo. gets its name from the town founders who wanted the town to be the “nucleus” for the area’s farms and mines. It was best known for it uranium mining.

Silverton – Pop. 637

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Boasting some of the most beautiful views on the list, Silverton, Colo. rests in the shadows of the San Juan mountains. It’s also a stop on the Durango & Silverton Railroad.

Naturita – Pop. 546

#naturita #coloradogram

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Naturita, Colo. inherited its name from the Spanish word meaning “little nature.” You may recognize one of its landmarks “Bedrock Store” from the movie Thelma and Louise.

Loghill Village – Pop. 521

#ridgway #colorado #loghillvillage #mountains #whataview #sunset #cloudysky #thanksgivingdayadventures

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Loghill Village, Colo. is a small village made up of three small communities. The area is full of ponderosa pine, pinyon, and juniper which houses an abundant of wildlife from mule deer, elk, bobcats, lynxes, black bears and the occasional mountain lion.

Norwood – Pop. 518

#Colorado #norwoodcolorado #mountainlife #coloradonative #mountaincook

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Majestic mountain views await the traveller to the “Wild West Town” of Norwood, Colo. Norwood’s history runs deep with Wild West folklore as Butch Cassidy, known then as Robert Leroy Parker, worked on a farm just south of town before he became a well-known outlaw.

De Beque – Pop. 504

If you’re driving too fast down I-70 you’ll definitely miss De Beque, Colo. The small mining community is nestled in canyons carved by the Colorado River.

Crawford – Pop. 431

Gorgeous… Good evening, all… #needlerock #crawfordcolorado

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Crawford, Colo. is the gateway to the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison providing many outdoor activities for the enthusiast. Recently, Crawford became home to an American Idol star, Jeneve Rose Mitchell and is also the final home of classic rocker Joe Cocker.

Lake City – Pop. 408

Lake City, Colo. is the only town in Hillsdale County. Once a supply center for area miners, the town saw its heyday in the late 1800s until it’s population decline in the 1910s after the mining booms.

Redvale – Pop. 236

If you blinked, you missed the tiny town of Redvale, Colo. The smallest population on this list, Redvale is an unincorporated town with a small post office.

How many of these small towns have you visited?

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