Photos: Twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal

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Just in time for summer vacation season, Cities Journal has come up with its picks for the top twelve small cities in Colorado -- and while there are plenty of great spots that didn't make the cut, those that did are generally worthy selections in our opinion.

Look below to count down the photo-illustrated top twelve, featuring excerpts from Cities Journal text -- and click here to visit the original post.

Number 12: Creede

Photos: Twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal

The only municipality in Mineral County, CO, Creede is at the eastern end of the San Juan Mountain Range. Creede has a year-around population of only 400 people, but that number increases dramatically during the summer months as visitors flood into the San Juans for vacation and recreation. Like many of the one-time mining towns of the San Juans that were established during the gold and silver rush of the 1890s, Creede's economy is now driven by tourism. Creede's visually spectacular geography and wide range of recreation activities -- hiking, climbing, mountain and road biking, rafting and kayaking, ATV trails and 4×4 roads -- keep the town buzzing from May until August....

Number 11: Hotchkiss

Photos: Twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal

The population of Hotchkiss is just under 1,000 people. The town is located between Blue Mesa Reservoir and Delta, Colorado on Highway 92. Hotchkiss is one of two towns on this list that was founded by pioneer Enos Hotchkiss, a civil war veteran that moved west with his two brothers Rosewell and Preston in the late 1860s from New York. After making his fortune in Lake City, CO mining gold, he moved to the North Fork Valley to enjoy milder winters where he established the namesake town....

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