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Rico is a colorful little town set at the foot of Expectation Mountain in Colorado's San Juan Mountains in Dolores County. The population is around 200 (up to 500 in summertime,) a town for those who love the laid-back, small-town way of life more than crowded, busy resorts. The area was first discovered by trappers who worked the valley in the early 1800s for beaver and other fur-bearing animals, and later gold was discovered in 1866 - which explains the name "Rico," a Spanish word for "rich." Several historic buildings remain in town and a historic walking tour booklet and map is available for visitors. Rico offers a few shops, including The Rico Country Store, and two restaurants, The Argentine Bar & Grill and the Enterprise Bar & Grill (the latter was featured in National Geographic Magazine a few years ago.) The Rico Theater and Café was restored in 1996 and offers big name entertainment, such as The Dixie Chicks, Burning Spear and Leftover Salmon, which draws visitors from all around the area. One of the biggest attractions in Rico, however, is Mother Nature. Abundant outdoor activities are available, including mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, mountain climbing, jeep tours to Durango or Silverton, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Rico is prime territory for elk and deer hunting and hiking. Surrounded by stunning 12,000-foot peaks, Rico makes the perfect base for day hikes and backpacking excursions, offering trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Surrounding areas: Mountain Village, Colorado (19.0 mi), Telluride, Colorado (20.6 mi), Silverton, Colorado (21.6 mi), Vallecito Lake, Colorado (27.1 mi), Durango, Colorado (30.0 mi), Dolores, Colorado (30.1 mi), Ouray, Colorado (30.1 mi)

Rico Vacation Rentals

Rico Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Purgatory Village Hotel5 Skier PLDurango, CO12.7 mi.(800) 693-0175
Telluride Mountainside Inn333 S Davis StTelluride, CO20.5 mi.(888) 728-1950
Camel's Garden Hotel250 West San Juan AveTelluride, CO20.6 mi.(970) 728-9300
Ice House Lodge310 South Fir StTelluride, CO20.6 mi.(970) 728-6300
Victorian Inn401 W PacificTelluride, CO20.6 mi.(970) 728-6601
Inn At Lost CreekTelluride, CO20.7 mi.(970) 728-5678
New Sheridan Hotel231 W Colorado AveTelluride, CO20.7 mi.(970) 728-4351
The Peaks At Telluride136 Country CLB DrTelluride, CO20.7 mi.(970) 728-3165
Wyndham Lodge At The Peaks457 MTN VLG BlvdTelluride, CO20.7 mi.(970) 369-5000
The Wyman Hotel & Inn1371 Greene StSilverton, CO21.7 mi.(800) 609-7845
Country West Inn40700 Hwy 160Mancos, CO27.9 mi.(970) 533-7073
Echo Basin Dude Ranch And Resort43747 County Rd MMancos, CO27.9 mi.(602) 997-7137
Best Western Mountain Shadows3255 Main AveDurango, CO28.2 mi.(970) 247-5200
Comfort Inn2930 Main AveDurango, CO28.2 mi.(970) 259-5373
Hampton Inn - Durango3777 Main AveDurango, CO28.2 mi.(970) 247-2600
Ramada Limited - Durango3030 Main AveDurango, CO28.2 mi.(970) 259-1333
Ouray Comfort Inn191 5TH AveOuray, CO29.9 mi.(970) 325-7203
ST Elmo Hotel Inc426 Main StOuray, CO30.0 mi.(970) 325-4951
Bed & Breakfast
Bear Creek Bed And Breakfast221 E Colorado AveTelluride, CO20.8 mi.(970) 728-6681

Rico Weather & Climate

Southwest Colorado has a four-season alpine climate. This region is on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide at 7,200 feet above sea level. The combination of high desert plateau and Rocky Mountains to the north and east create an unusually mild climate. Temperatures here are much cooler in the summer than most of the surrounding southwestern United States. The area is also blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year. The climate of Colorado, in general, is difficult to describe because it varies so widely from place to place. The climate of any particular place in this region is profoundly affected by differences in elevation, and to a lesser degree, by the orientation of mountain ranges and valleys and wind direction. Wide variations occur within short distances.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 4°F 2.31 in. -
February 39°F 6°F 2.38 in. -
March 43°F 12°F 2.73 in. -
April 48°F 19°F 1.75 in. -
May 59°F 27°F 1.78 in. -
June 69°F 33°F 1.45 in. -
July 74°F 40°F 2.85 in. -
August 72°F 39°F 2.87 in. -
September 66°F 32°F 2.37 in. -
October 57°F 23°F 2.18 in. -
November 44°F 13°F 2.05 in. -
December 38°F 5°F 1.96 in. -

Rico Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Durango La Plata County airport (DRO) located about 40 miles south of Rico in Durango, Colorado, the Cortez Municipal airport (CEZ) located approximately 42 miles southwest of Rico in Cortez, Colorado, the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located roughly 56 miles north of Rico in Montrose, Colorado, and finally Stevens Field (2V1) located around 60 miles southeast of Rico in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Rico Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Family FunlandFarmingtonNM67.5 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT102.6 mi.
Ski Areas
TellurideTellurideCO20.7 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO30.0 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO99.1 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO102.0 mi.

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