There are many US mountain towns to visit, and some of the most beautiful are in the West. Some of these towns have become famous resorts, while others have remained small and relatively unknown. Regardless of how well-known they are, all of the US mountain towns in the West are unique and interesting. If you love the mountains and love a small town feeling, you will certainly want to try to travel to one of these mountain towns.
Estes Park, Colorado, is one of the US mountain towns to visit in the West. It is considered the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and it is also home to the world famous Stanley Hotel, which you may have seen if you watched the movie “The Shining.” I have been fortunate enough to visit Estes Park many times, and I always have an enjoyable time. It is a small town with great little shops.
Crested Butte is another small mountain town in Colorado that I have been lucky enough to visit. It is known as the wildflower capital of Colorado. Every summer wildflowers grow abundantly in the mountains, and they are gorgeous. Aside from seeing wildflowers, you can also go white water rafting or you can hang out in the town.
Sun Valley is a resort mountain town in central Idaho that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and it is well-known for its fantastic skiing. Sun Valley is more upscale than Estes Park or Crested Butte, but is well worth visiting if you love skiing.
West Yellowstone is a very small town with a population of less than 2,000 people. Despite the small population, there is still plenty to do in West Yellowstone. Primarily, it is a great place to stay if you want to visit Yellowstone National Park. However, it is also a great place to go camping in the summer, and in the winter you can take sled dog tours.
Just south of West Yellowstone is Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which is also a great place to stay if you want to visit Yellowstone National Park. It is a small town that has beautiful view of the mountains. In the summer, you can visit the national park and go shopping in the town square. In the winter, you can enjoy the great skiing the town has to offer at Teton Village or at Snow King Mountain.
Genoa, Nevada is located 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a very beautiful mountain town that is also very small. Only 250 residents live in Genoa! If you are going to visit Genoa, you can plan on seeing a lot of wildlife, and if you happen to go during the last weekend in September, you can attend the annual art fair.
Another small mountain town that has breathtaking views is Taos, New Mexico. Taos is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and it is a great place to visit if you are fond of the Southwest. The town has beautiful adobe architecture and there are art museums everywhere. If you visit Taos, not only will you be able to see all of the beautiful Southwest architecture and paintings, you will also be able to go hot air ballooning, which is a great way to experience the beauty of the area.
Visiting small mountain towns is such a wonderful way to spend a vacation. You can relax and look in the small shops, or you can go hiking in the beautiful mountains. All of these towns are great places to visit, and they each offer something unique. Have you ever visited one of these mountain towns?