Whether you're visiting one of Colorado's mountain towns from out of state or making a trip to the slopes from Denver, cannabis has become a checklist item for many of us. And while we all like to bring our own goodies from home to save time and money, there's a reason that hotels keep toothbrushes and matches at the front desk.
Reputed to have high prices and lackluster quality, the dispensary scene in Colorado's ski towns has left much to be desired for regular cannabis users and connoisseurs during our visits. Limited competition and heavy tourist populations have sustained this landscape for several years, but it's not all shitty weed for bad prices. If you know which stores to visit or when to make a pit stop on your way to towns like Vail and Winter Park, trying to get high at upper altitudes won't be such a letdown.
Culling through notes on our personal visits, user reviews and menu prices, we compiled this list of ten mountain-town dispensaries that won't kill your tastebuds or empty your wallet.
The Green Joint
720 East Durant Avenue, Aspen
423 Belleview Avenue, Crested Butte
513 North Main Street, Alma
Breckenridge Organic Therapy
1900 Airport Road, Breckenridge
High Country Healing
191 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
Rocky Road (Vail)
40928 U.S. Highway 6, Avon
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Telluride Bud Company
135 South Spruce Street, Telluride
730 South Camino Del Rio, Durango
Rocky Mountain Cannabis (Winter Park)
228 Byers Avenue, Fraser
Blue Heron Dispensary (Steamboat Springs)
100 West Main Street, Oak Creek