Colorado Town Named One Of The 'Prettiest' River Towns In America

By Zuri Anderson

February 16, 2024

Historic steam engine train in Colorado, USA
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There's something about water that intrinsically draws in people, especially massive, awe-inspiring bodies of water. Millions of Americans visit these waterways and swells to engage in entertaining activities, such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, and much more. Some people love it so much that they move to towns and cities just so they can be close to the water all the time. It's the same reason why beach towns and lake towns are popular places to live and visit. Another overlooked type of settlement is river towns, which offer their own special experiences and scenic views depending on where you go.

World Atlas has a perfect list for those intrigued by these waterside communities. The website compiled a list of the "prettiest" river towns in America, from well-known cities to under-the-radar spots. An underrated Colorado town earned a spot on the list, and it's Durango!

This town has been cultivating quite a fanbase over the years thanks to its rich history, scenic train rides, and its proximity to natural getaways, like Mesa Verde National Park. Here's what visitors can look forward to, according to writers:

"Everyone in this town appears to celebrate the river culture, from rafters, kayakers, and tubers non-stop sipping beers at one of four local micro-breweries, to fishermen joining in upon a successful day on the waters. The accessible Animas River, flowing parallel to the town’s Main Street, is accommodating to anyone’s ability, from class I to class V, to practice a watersport. The Animas is also completely public within city limits, and is known as the best urban trout fishery in America, according to the locals. The nature and on-land fun has also not been lost on the town with the Weminuche Wilderness, lush meadows, and beautiful aspen groves to be enjoyed for the 300 days of sunshine in Durango."

That wasn't the end of the praise for Durango. Visit to see what else writers had to say about this river town.

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