Visitors looking to for a laid-back alternative to the glitz and glam of many resort towns will enjoy a Colorado vacation rental in secluded, peaceful Rico. Nestled among the high mountains in the San Juan National Forest, Rico offers a small-town hideaway that's hard to beat.
With a vibrant mining and railroad history, this "Lady of Tranquility" is a town steeped in mountain history. And when you wake up in the morning and look out your window at the impressive peaks and shimmering forests, you'll feel as though you are caught up in a dream.
Active folks will thrive in Rico's rich natural environment. Surrounded by forests and peaks, clear streams and steep cliffs, the outdoor enthusiast will have a hard time sitting still. The Lizard Head Wilderness is an astounding stretch of terrain perfect for hikers and mountain bikers - an excursion in the fall means coming face to face with some truly gorgeous colors.
Road bikers will love the challenge of biking Lizard Head Pass, a 28 mile paved road between Rico and Telluride, while hunters and fisherman will find Rico's nearby forests and streams teaming with game (proper licensing and fees apply).
Backcountry adrenaline seekers won't be able to resist tracks of deep powder in the winter time. And if backcountry isn't your scene, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails are endless. Alpine skiers will enjoy nearby access to the Telluride Ski Resort for varied terrain and an excellent customer-oriented experience.
Thoughtful introverts will particularly love our Rico vacation rentals for the town's single main street and handful of historical buildings. Visit the Rico Historical Museum, or wander through the nearby forests and see what you can find - a handful of old mining structures still stand, perfect for photo opportunities.
Nature lovers will enjoy the abundant wildlife. This is a great place to bird watch, with around 300 species of birds living in the San Juan forest region, from meadow larks and bluebirds to bald and golden eagles. Watch the mountainsides for bighorn sheep, and keep your eyes peeled for pika and marmots on your hikes.
When you stay in a Rico vacation rental, you're saying yes to a mountain experience that will truly refresh your senses and open your eyes to the natural beauty of Colorado.
Photo credit: Ken Lund via Flickr