There’s so much to see and do in our colorful state that it could take more than a lifetime of exploration to experience it all. From secluded, sleepy mountain towns nestled deep in the Rocky Mountain range to historic destinations that depict Colorado’s fascinating, wild history, here are some of our favorite weekend destinations close to Independence Community’s new homes in Elizabeth, Colorado.
Buena Vista, Colorado
When summer temperatures climb, we like to head to the beautiful river-town of Buena Vista. Book an epic rafting trip with one of the town’s notable outfitters and bounce over class III and IV rapids on the Arkansas River. Take in the stunning scenery of Brown’s Canyon while enjoying the crisp water that can cool anyone down on a hot summer day. Spend cool evenings strolling down Buena Vista’s main thoroughfare for dining, drinking, shopping, and more.
Just four hours from Elizabeth and a half hour drive from Crested Butte sits the charming town of Gunnison, Colorado. Located at the bottom of several valleys, this central Colorado mountain town is often overlooked in favor of more famous locales like Breckenridge and Aspen. However, Gunnison has plenty to offer in the way of breathtaking beauty and exhilarating outdoor recreation. Spend the day hiking the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and experience our state’s very own miniature Grand Canyon. Camp along Blue Mesa Reservoir and wake up to a serene sunrise and sparkling blue waters. Fly fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, and more await the outdoor enthusiast in Gunnison.
Crested Butte, Colorado
While this adventure-hungry mountain destination is bustling and busy during ski season, summer offers an equally ideal time to experience the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Load up your mountain bike, pack your hiking gear and head to Crested Butte for some of Colorado’s best and most challenging mountain biking trails that are also home to deer, elk, and the occasional moose! If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the 401 trail, known for its steep climbs and hard-earned downhill. For family-friendly adventure, take the ski lift to the top of Mt. Crested Butte and absorb the stunning panoramic views and fresh mountain air.
Trade in high elevation pine forests for rocky canyons and small-town charm by traveling to Creede, Colorado. Originally, historic Creede was a hunting ground for the Ute tribe who camped throughout the Upper Rio Grande Valley. When silver mining began to boom, western expansionists put down tent stakes in Creede to strike it rich. Now, this quiet outpost remains a favorite travel destination for Coloradans looking to learn more about our state’s rich history and for backcountry enthusiasts seeking adventure in the surrounding 900 square miles of rugged, western landscape of Mineral County.
While there are many, many more mountain towns that call this state home, we hope this list will get you started. Travel off the beaten path to enjoy peaceful hiking trails, historical main streets, and learn more about local culture and life throughout the state.
Because of Colorado’s rich natural beauty, adventure awaits around every bend. At Independence, in Elizabeth, Colorado, we value the land and the lessons it can teach us. That’s why we’ve designed a neighborhood centered on conservation and community. For more information about new homes in Elizabeth, Colorado, contact us.