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    20 Of The Best (And Most Underrrated) Small Towns In Colorado, According To Someone Who Grew Up There

    Getting out of Denver is worth it, I promise.

    Most people come to Colorado to see the mountains, then never leave Denver — which is near (but not in) the mountains. The truth is that the state's most beautiful sights are found outside the big city in tiny towns you've probably never heard of.

    Mountains in the fall

    1. Salida

    Colorful buildings in small town downtown

    2. Steamboat Springs

    Ski town with fireworks at night

    3. Carbondale

    4. Pagosa Springs

    5. Fruita

    Person mountain biking in a desert area

    6. Nederland

    7. Grand Lake

    8. Estes Park

    Elk with antlers near a cabin

    9. Gunnison

    The landscape of Gunnison, Colorado

    10. Crestone

    Man lights an offering

    11. Silverton

    A train passes by a river in the mountains

    12. Leadville

    13. Crested Butte

    Wildflowers in the foreground with mountains in the distance

    14. Frisco

    Clock on main street with mountains in the background

    15. Paonia

    Box of organic apples

    16. Snowmass Village

    17. Ouray

    Small town in the mountains

    18. Lake City

    19. Glenwood Springs

    Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

    20. Durango

    What's your favorite small town in Colorado? Share in the comments!