Colorado is known for its stunning scenery and wide range of outdoor activities. Hikers head to the mountains in the summer months to reach some of the highest points in the country, while winter goers gear up to ski down epic slopes. Traveling to one of the most popular skiing states might not seem like the best way to stay comfortable during the winter months, but how else can someone achieve maximum coziness without being challenged by the elements? These Colorado towns each have something unique to offer visitors seeking winter cheer.

8 Durango

Located near the border of New Mexico, southwestern Durango is a charming small city dedicated to creating a winter wonderland. Visitors can hop aboard The Polar Express, a vintage steam locomotive that travels through the Animas Valley to Santa's workshop!

Those who wish to boost their coziness can venture outside for a cross-country ski adventure or go ice skating before heading to one of Durango's many coffee shops for a beverage to warm them from the inside out. Better yet, soak one of the city's natural or established hot springs resorts to soak up the kind of warmth that's hard to find in the winter.

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7 Ouray

Travelers who would rather avoid the droves of skiers that head to Colorado in the winter can stay in Ouray. The town, known as the "Switzerland of America," has a down-to-earth feel even though it's almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Massive, snow-covered mountains tightly hug the town center, whose quaint atmosphere has charmed visitors time and time again.

Nothing says cozy quite like a cookie fresh out of the oven, and Mouse's Chocolate and Coffee Shop has plenty of warm, baked goods to savor. It's worth noting that Ouray is known for its ice climbing, so anyone looking for a unique outdoor winter adventure can find it here.

6 Paonia

The tiny mountain town of Paonia has a population of a little over 1,400, which makes it an ideal place for a homey getaway during the chillier months. There are no streetlights in town, so guests are encouraged to slow down to enjoy the little things. Paonia is known for being influenced by new-age wanderers and artists, many of whom still reside in the small town. Grab a loaf of fresh-baked bread from Paonia Breadmakers, butter it up, and dip it in a bowl of hot soup for some ultra-comfy vibes.

5 Georgetown

Georgetown is a paw-some place to get cozy. Just ask the mayor, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Parker. The residents believe it's essential to preserve their history as a booming mining town. Much of the original architecture still stands, transformed into a bustling downtown district that attracts tourists eager for a unique small-town experience. Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind treasures in two antique shops, as well as handpainted yarns at The Quilted Pearl to stock up on the perfect knits for a warm scarf or pair of mittens.

4 Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is great for anyone looking for the authenticity of a mountain town paired with the creature comforts of modern life. Located in the Rocky Mountains, the little city boasts geothermal hot springs guaranteed to warm the coldest bodies during the winter.

Steamboat Springs is all about its western heritage, which visitors will notice in the tipping of a cowboy hat and the friendly smiles of its residents. Guests can get that warm belly feeling on the Brew Trail, a tour that takes them to four breweries and one distillery in town to sample the finest drinks Colorado has to offer.

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3 Leadville

Visitors will have their highest expectations met in Leadville. At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, the town is the highest incorporated area in the United States. It's another Old West gold mining town in the heart of Colorado's Mineral Belt. Warmly lit saloons greet guests with stories of years gone by, one of the most beloved being the true tale of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Leadville has eight museums filled with relics of its rich history, so there's plenty to do indoors to keep out of the cold.

2 Nederland

Nederland, or simply 'Ned' for short, offers the kind of comfort that can only be found by being weird with a large group of people. Originally a trading post between Native Americans and early European settlers, Nederland transitioned into a bustling mining area before establishing itself as a hip, quirky mountain paradise.

Every year, thousands of people ascend to the Frozen Dead Guy Days, a festival that pays respects to Bredo Morstoel, a man cryogenically frozen that's been occupying a Tuff Shed above the town. Live bands entertain crowds in heated tents, and participants can compete for gold in coffin races, frozen turkey bowling, and something called human foosball.

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1 Crested Butte

Skiers rejoice - the smooth slopes in Crested Butte are perfect for adventure. Those who'd rather stay on their feet can explore the historic downtown, filled with vibrant wooden buildings that give off a springtime ambiance. Crested Butte is also an official creative district, so visitors will likely run into artists of all kinds at the local watering holes. The comfort comes from the hometown feel, and it's a challenge not to want to make Crested Butte home once people spend a few days amongst its residents.

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