Ridgway, “Gateway to the San Juans,” took a star turn in the 1969 movie “True Grit” that won John Wayne his first and only Oscar.
The village of Redstone calls itself “the Ruby of the Rockies,” and the entire town has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The mountain town of Marble is the home of a quarry that has provided marble for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and hundreds of other buildings.
Carbondale is a beautiful and quirky community near Aspen with abundant views and a thriving arts scene,
Salida is a starting point for whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River and has a growing arts community. It also is a gateway to the new Browns Canyon National Monument.
Steamboat Springs is a western Colorado ranching town and a major ski town, and it celebrates the blending of the two cultures.
The Creede Repertory Theatre produces seven to 10 plays in rotation from May through September and was called “one of the best places to see the lights way off Broadway” by USA Today.
Staff writer The Ridgway Railroad Museum commemorates the town’s role as a railroad hub for the San Juan Mountains and birthplace of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, which ran over Dallas Divide, into the mining towns of Telluride, Ophir and Rico and on to Durango. Ridgway served the railroad’s engines in its roundhouse and housed the company’s offices from 1891 to 1953. Visitors can walk through a carefully restored caboose…
Browns Canyon National Monument features whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River down a granite-lined canyon and backcountry hiking.
The spaceship-like “Sleeper” house from the Woody Allen movie can be seen on the side of Genesee Mountain from Interstate 70 west of Denver.