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Rico, Co., spanish for "rich," has wealth that lies in its mines and the accompanying history. Trappers first worked the valley in 1832-33, taking mainly beaver and other fur-bearing animals. The first gold was discovered in 1866 by Colonel Nash, a Texan who led a team of 18 prospectors.

Today, historic buildings still dot the main street, and many have been refurbished to house new businesses. A raw, rugged sense of old Colorado fills this town, and visitors who stay here will get a real sense of how things used to be. History buffs will find a goldmine in Rico. Buildings and relics from the mining boom of the 1880s remain in various conditions throughout town. In addition, there's an old depot and railroad grade along the Dolores River.

The wonders of the great outdoors are available in every direction from Rico. From hiking in the Lizard Head Wilderness area to mountain biking along old mining roads and single-track trails over the pass to Telluride, there's plenty to explore outside the hotel room. Four-wheel driving along forest roads, fishing in the Dolores River, and hunting and backcountry skiing in the endless natural areas surrounding Rico are just a few more ways visitors can spend a day here.

Map: Rico

Region: Southwest Regional Information

County: Dolores

Proximity to other towns: Located 311 miles from Pueblo, 22.6 miles from Telluride, 26.6 miles from Silverton, 30 miles from Mancos, 30.6 miles from Durango, 33.6 miles from Ouray

Population: 241

Elevation: 8827 feet

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