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Hartsel is a tiny town located in central Colorado in the South Park region near the town of Fairplay. The most spectacular thing about Hartsel are the amazing views of the mountains outside of town (looking southeast-east, you can see the Pikes Peak Range.) There is not a lot in the town of Hartsel, the entire town is about three blocks long, but it's a nice stop on your way to exploring other places in this vast region. The South Park area contains wide expanses of ranchland and pasture (including herds of bison) with the South Platte River and many creeks and streams winding through the area. Throughout the South Park region are dozens of shops, restaurants and lodges, and the town of Fairplay offers a very nice mining museum (open during the summer months,) and a historic walking tour of their downtown. Other historical sites can be seen at South Park City, Alma, Como, Jefferson, Guffey and Lake George. Dozens of pristine lakes and rivers, including the South Platte, offer some of the best fishing and boating in the state, and hiking, biking, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are also available.

Surrounding areas: Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir, Colorado (16.2 mi), Fairplay, Colorado (17.9 mi), Buena Vista, Colorado (21.9 mi), Alma, Colorado (23.1 mi), Lake George, Colorado (23.7 mi), Florissant, Colorado (27.7 mi), Leadville, Colorado (31.0 mi)

Hartsel Vacation Rentals

Hartsel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
American Safari RanchFairplay, CO17.8 mi.(719) 836-2431
Best Western Vista Inn733 Hwy 24 NBuena Vista, CO21.9 mi.(719) 395-8009
Super 8 Motel530 N U S Hwy 24Buena Vista, CO21.9 mi.(719) 395-8888

Hartsel Weather & Climate

In the geographic center of Colorado,  the weather ranges from semi-arid to alpine mountain climate. The Rocky Mountains, for which the state is so famous, profoundly affects the climate of the region, with dramatic differences over short distances. Elevations range from 7,000 to 14,000 feet at the highest peaks. July daytime temperatures are in the 70s and 80s in the valleys but 50s and 60s higher in the mountains. Winters are very cold and high winds are commonplace on the mountain peaks. Thunderstorms are common in this area nearly every afternoon in the summertime. Snow and soft hail are another possibility anytime of the year. Heavy snows in the high mountains are common and avalanches pose a threat. Visitors should use caution when traveling to this region and bring warm clothing, no matter what time of year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F -3°F 0.21 in. -
February 35°F 0°F 0.25 in. -
March 41°F 11°F 0.52 in. -
April 48°F 18°F 0.73 in. -
May 58°F 27°F 1.02 in. -
June 70°F 34°F 1.18 in. -
July 75°F 40°F 1.89 in. -
August 73°F 39°F 1.97 in. -
September 66°F 31°F 0.93 in. -
October 55°F 19°F 0.64 in. -
November 41°F 7°F 0.37 in. -
December 32°F -2°F 0.26 in. -

Hartsel Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located about 22 miles southwest of Hartsel in Buena Vista, Colorado, the City Of Colorado Springs Municipal airport (COS) located approximately 60 miles east of Hartsel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Centennial airport (APA) located roughly 63 miles northeast of Hartsel in Denver, Colorado, and finally the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located around 69 miles west of Hartsel in Gunnison, Colorado.

Hartsel Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO45.1 mi.
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO59.3 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO65.9 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO65.9 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO76.7 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO71.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Collegiate Peaks Golf CourseBuena VistaCO21.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO30.9 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO34.3 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO47.6 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO52.7 mi.
VailVailCO52.7 mi.
AspenAspenCO56.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO56.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO56.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO56.0 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO60.1 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO64.9 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO89.5 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO108.0 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO115.1 mi.
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO39.8 mi.(History)
Monarch Art GalleryVictorCO41.4 mi.(Art)
American Numismatic Association Money MuseumColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.(Technology)
Tesla Museum and LibraryColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.(Technology)
SpielArts. Figurative Fine Art & PrintsColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.(Art)
Colorado Springs MuseumColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.(History)
Edward J. Peterson Air and Space MuseumColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO54.0 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO65.9 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO83.2 mi.

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