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RICO, COLORADO! (alt. 8,827 feet, Between Cortez & Telluride) - August 2003
Rico, CO Rico, Colorado!

Located between Telluride and Cortez in the Dolores River Valley!
Rico, Colorado This is a really small and former mining town with old Victorian buildings ... kind of like Cripple Creek but much more "homey" and personable.
Rico, CO Now this is a small mountain town with character!
Rico, CO I had a nice discussion with the woman inside the liquor store and got a picture of her posing outside the store. :)
Rico Freako A Rico Freako?!

I dined at the Theater Cafe and met another friendly local. His name is Willie and I was very intrigued by his "Rico Freako" cap. Talk about having pride in your town ... Great nickname! :)

Rico, CO There's a nice cafe and theater on the main road.
Burrito and Beer And YUM! I ordered the burrito dinner and it was huge!
Rico, CO The Rico Post Office! :)
Dolores River A nice shot of the Dolores River just outside of town.
Candles Candlemaker

There is not much on the main drag, but there was a neat shop that had homemade beeswax candles. I had yet another good conversation with a Rico local (right) who makes the candles and ships them out all over the world. I got a photo of the owner proudly standing beside his candles.

Lastly I love the label which reads, "Ridiculously long burn times."

You can buy candles online at

Rico, CO Courthouse The historic courthouse.
Rico, CO History
Rico, CO
Click on the thumbnails to read markers about Rico, Colorado's history.

My other pages in the area:

  • Bridal Veil Falls (Telluride)
  • Dunton, CO
  • Eating in Telluride
  • Bicycling In Telluride
  • Mt. Sneffels
  • Telluride Gondola
  • Steve One token photo of myself! :)

    It had an enjoyable afternoon visit to Rico, yet another memorable experience after just finishing bicycling across Colorado.