We are a group of 4 to 6 guys looking for a getaway to west/southwest CO, late July. I've done my internet scouring but can't seem to find the exact spot that we're looking for. We have mainly mountain bikers, and one fisherman. We're looking for a small mountain town in which to set up home base. We'd like to be able to ride to town as well as trails. MTB rentals may be needed but could be picked up elsewhere I guess. Hopefully there is some life in town where we can have a late night or two, but we'd like small. For lodging we'd love to find a cheap cabin ("primitive" is fine) where we can hole up, again riding distance to town and trails. Hopefully there is a river that we can float on rest days. So far my research has turned up the following towns, but each has their own reason why we haven't locked in on them. I'll list those. Are we too picky, misinformed, or do you have the perfect suggestion?
Crested Butte - Can't find reasonable lodging. Can we ride to the trails?
Durango - Way too big.
Ouray - No MTB trails in the immediate vicinity
Telluride - Can't find lodging. Town too pricey?
Fruita/Grand Junction - We've been, loved it.
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