Colorado is a state that is loaded with lots of beautiful places. Many are hot spots you need to wait in line to see, but there are so many other places you can go and experience a great day in the Rocky Mountains.

With a chance in season approaching fast, it's time to start considering a few places off the beaten path to enjoy the great outdoors. Keep reading as we take you on a tour of ten small Colorado towns with big views that are fun destinations to consider for your next outing.

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Small Colorado Towns with Big Views

Rocky Mountain National Park and Pikes Peak are excellent destinations for having fun in the mountains. They are also expensive and usually pretty crowded. When was the last time you had a chance to visit some of Colorado's smaller towns with mountain views? Towns like Fruita, Carbondale, Basalt, Gateway, Paonia, Ouray, Colorado City, Marble, Crawford, and Nederland all offer great views of the mountains without high prices and big crowds. We'll touch them all in the gallery below.

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Scenic Small Town Day Trips

We tried to include something for everyone as we put together the list of underrated towns that deserve some love. Many of these underrated locations have National and State Parks nearby, and some are near lakes or reservoirs. Some are close to Colorado's major rivers. Our day trip suggestions also include some of Colorado's historic scenic byways as routes to reach your destination.

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Don't Forget Your Manners

One of the best things about visiting these smaller towns is the beautiful views with little or no waiting. The traffic on the way to Paonia is nothing like it is going to Estes Park, so take advantage. Just be sure to bring a smile and say please and thank you. There are still places in Colorado with good manners and kind people, so be sure to pay it forward.

10 of Colorado's Most Underrated Small Towns with Big Views

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Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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