Think Outside the Resort: Colorado’s Cool Mountain Towns

Just to the west of our Colorado vision care offices, the Rocky Mountains beckon our doctors, staff and patients to its mountainous playground every weekend of the year. Although ski resorts tend to get the most attention, you don’t want to miss out on the small-town charm and history these other Colorado towns offer for a splendid getaway.

Glenwood Springs
Why wouldn’t you want to visit the Most Fun Town in America according to Rand McNally and USA Today? With lots of natural wonders to explore such as Hanging Lake, a National Historic Landmark you can reach on a splendid year-round hike, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool (the world’s largest mineral hot springs) and White River National Forest; adventures such as ziplines, bike trails and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and its rich history, this Colorado town has something for everyone.

Estes Park
Just because Estes Park is known as the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park doesn’t mean that’s the only—albeit, it is a very fine—reason to visit. The city is home to several festivals and events throughout each season; quaint riverside cabins as well as The Stanley Hotel, purported to be one of America’s most haunted hotels and inspiration for Stephen King’s, The Shining; and scenic drives, shopping and wildlife viewing. To hear the bugle of an elk should be on everyone’s bucket list and a visit to Estes Park will most likely allow you to check that one off.

Outdoor enthusiasts love Durango and the surrounding area of the San Juan mountain range, but it’s also a great place to soak in history by riding the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or to visit Mesa Verde National Park, the home of Ancestral Pueblo people from A.D. 600 to 1300, just a 40-minute drive from Durango’s main street.

Buena Vista/Salida (Chaffee County)
Many people discover Buena Vista/Salida when launching into the Arkansas River for a white-water adventure, two small towns nestled in the valley of the Collegiate Peaks and bordered by the river. Mount Princeton hot springs and other outdoor adventures await, including 12 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks, 14ers. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, the towns’ vital arts and music scenes and cafes and restaurants will make you feel at home.

How to Use This Information
In a state as gorgeous as Colorado, you want to be sure you’re enjoying it with crystal clear vision. Our doctors would be happy to discuss your particular lifestyle and vision needs and get you set up with the best prescription and solution prior to an adventure in a cool mountain town. Just give us a call at 303-991-9600 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today!

What’s your favorite cool Colorado mountain town?