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First-Timer’s Guide

First-Timer’s Guide: Durango

Though this southwestern Colorado town is heavy on Old West charm, its restaurants, craft beer scene, and outdoor recreation options bring it firmly into the 21st century.

First-Timer’s Guide: Carbondale

Sitting at the base of Mt. Sopris and at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, this mountain town is made for enjoying every kind of high-country thrill.

First-Timer’s Guide: Paonia

With the state’s largest concentration of organic and sustainable growers, petite Paonia is a hotbed of fresh farm-to-table food—and wine. Here, a few suggestions for making the most of your visit to this scenic and friendly Western Slope town.

First-Timer’s Guide: Palisade

From July through September, Colorado’s Grand Valley—with the town of Palisade located at its heart—is full of roadside fruit stands as well as eager agri-tourists. Here, a few suggestions for where to go, what to see, and how to best enjoy a visit to this stunning part of Colorado.

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