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SWISSVALE, COLORADO! A Visit To A Very Small Colorado Town In Western Fremont County
(Marchh 14, 2006)

Swissvale, Colorado Swissvale ... What were the first things that popped into your head?

From those I have talked to, most think of some exquisite European town in the Alps with lots of ski slopes and mountain scenery. Perhaps something like Vail or Breckenridge, but much more European. Ah, the images of romantic honeymoon cabins and cozy chalets with large fireplaces. A ritzy tourist destination for sure, right?! :)

Well, good ol' Swissvale, Colorado is a rural and unincorporated area between Cotopaxi and Salida inside Bighorn Sheep Canyon in western Fremont County. The views are definitely pleasant, with pinion covered hills and rugged cliffs surrounding the Arkansas River. But um, this ain't no ritzy ski town! :p)

Personally, I love these kinds of small Colorado towns, and I did my best to photograph some of the basic sites for you! :)

-Steve :)

Swissvale, Colorado I pulled over at the Swissvale sign on Highway 50 and felt up for the challenge of making an interesting pictorial. :)
Swissvale, Colorado Near the liquor store, I took this picture facing north with some very interesting reddish sandstone mountains behind.
Swissvale, Colorado Here are some of my other Colorado small towns:
  • Telluride, Yellow Jacket, Villa Grove
  • Hartsel, St. Elmo, Twin Lakes, Creede
  • Westcliffe, Texas Creek, Nathrop, Poncha Springs
  • Guffey, Victor, Alma, Bonanza, Buena Vista
  • Swissvale, Colorado There is actually one retail establishment in Swissvale, and that's this liquor store. (The owner inside was very friendly!)
    Swissvale, Colorado Looking westbound on Highway 50.
    Now I must confess, I was definitely struggling with boredom again as I had on Sunday in downtown Buena Vista, and so I smoked another cigar as I walked around. :p)
    Swissvale, Colorado I drove a bit east of town and took this picture while on driving. :)
    Arkansas River Here's one picture of the Arkansas River that runs through town.

    You're welcome to share your thoughts about Swissvale, Colorado or anything else about these photos on my:


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