Whether you're a weekend cowboy, reclusive artist, fly-fishing freak, wannabe vintner, or hardcore ice climber, here are 10 mountain towns you can actually live in.
Finding a mountain town you like is easy—most boast small, historic downtowns, fresh air, and amazing views. Finding one you love (and that's livable!) is tough work: There are hundreds of choices across the 104,185 square miles in our state. ¶ Here, we've taken the guesswork out of your quest by highlighting 10 high-country zip codes for just about every darn subgroup you could possibly belong to, and we show you what your money buys. Looking for a cozy family home? A magnificent Victorian on an artsy main street? A riverfront lodge where you can cast from your back porch? The chance to live and work on a ranch? Check our guide, make the drive, and be ready to find a home—and hometown—you'll fall in love with.