/
/
fruita
Last updated September 22 2020 at 9:26 AM

16 Apartments for rent in Fruita, CO

📍
Check out 16 verified apartments for rent in Fruita, CO with rents starting as low as $850. Some apartments for rent in Fruita might offer rent specials. Look out for the
$
rent special icon!
1 Unit Available
1246 Windsor Park Drive
1246 Windsor Park Drive
Fruita, CO
6 Bedrooms
$1,600
2476 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
6 Bed/3 Bath Home in Fruita - This beautiful 3 story home has 2476 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Living room has a gas fireplace and is open to the dining room and kitchen. Laundry room is down the hall and includes washer and dryer.
1 Unit Available
507 West Aspen Avenue
507 West Aspen Avenue
Fruita, CO
2 Bedrooms
$850
838 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
2 Bed 1 Bath Home with Large Yard! - This 2 bedroom home has 838 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Extra storage area in the back of the house. Original cupboards that go up to the ceiling.
1 Unit Available
1143 E. Carolina Ave #4
1143 East Carolina Avenue
Fruita, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,050
1040 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
3 Bed 2 Bath Condo In Fruita - 3 Bed 2 Bath Condo in Fruita Close to Downtown and Schools, $950 Rent $900 Deposit, No pets, washer & dryer provided. No Smoking 2 reserved parking spaces 1 is covered.
Results within 5 miles of Fruita
1 Unit Available
5 Moselle Court
5 Moselle Court
Redlands, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
1240 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 04:25 AM
Located in the Vineyards on the Redlands. Three Bedroom One and A Half Bath with a Basement, Plus a one car Garage. Clean and Move-In Ready! Washer/Dryer Hookups. Tenant Pays Gas, Electric, Sewer and Trash.
Results within 10 miles of Fruita
1 Unit Available
613 Zenith Ln - 1, Unit J
613 Zenith Ln
Grand Junction, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1294 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 04:25 AM
New Construction! Three Bedroom Two Bathroom One Car Garage Townhome. Move-In Ready! One level end unit! W/D hookups in Laundry Room. Air conditioning. Nice open floor plan.
1 Unit Available
551 Grand Ave - S-302
551 Grand Avenue , Grand Junction, CO
Downtown Grand Junction
Studio
$500
123 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 04:25 AM
Private Office with shared use of private parking lot and common areas (kitchenette, bathroom, waiting areas). Utilities and WiFi (Not Private) included. Downtown Office Suite.
1 Unit Available
406 Ridges Blvd., #10
406 Ridges Boulevard , Grand Junction, CO
The Ridges
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
Ask
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1588 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
Fabulous 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Townhouse in the Ridges - TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.FREEDOMPROP.COM OR CALL Freedom Property Management 970-208-8042 ZILLOW VIEWERS - Please contact us via our website www.freedomprop.
1 Unit Available
2539 Shetland Ct #B
2539 Shetland Court
Grand Junction, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
1122 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
3 bed 2 bath Duplex - 3 bedroom 2 full bathrooms duplex with a 2 car garage is located in a quite neighborhood. There are lament hardwood floors in the living room and tile flooring in the kitchen.
1 Unit Available
674 Gemstone Ct, Unit A
674 Gemstone Court
Grand Junction, CO
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
1313 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:09 AM
674 Gemstone Ct, Unit A Available 10/01/20 North Grand Junction: 2 bed 2 bath 2 car garage - Pet Friendly 2 Bed 2 Bath townhome with a fenced back yard. Floors are all polished concrete. (RLNE5194175)
1 Unit Available
668 Pleasant Court
668 Pleasant Court
Grand Junction, CO
4 Bedrooms
$1,650
1587 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:08 AM
668 Pleasant Court Available 09/25/20 Spacious 4 Bed 3 Bath Home! - Spacious home has 1587 square feet, 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths. Has a covered back patio perfect for summer BBQs. Large bedrooms with one located on the ground floor.
1 Unit Available
663 Chalisa Avenue
663 Chalisa Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
4 Bedrooms
$2,100
1 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 08:47 AM
NICE! Like-new 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms (5 piece master en-suite), 1-story single family stucco house with 3 car garage, all kitchen appliances including refrigerator, built-in microwave, washer/dryer hookups, central heat/air conditioning,
1 Unit Available
407 Butte Ct
407 Butte Court , Grand Junction, CO
The Ridges
5 Bedrooms
$2,350
4200 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
407 Butte Ct Available 05/15/20 Larger Home in the Redlands! Great Views and near Redlands Mesa Golf Course - See our 360 Degree pics on our website at freedomprop.com TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.FREEPROP.
1 Unit Available
419 Chipeta Ave.
419 Chipeta Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
2 Bedrooms
$800
657 sqft
Last updated April 9 at 11:24 AM
Adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath, single family home - Check out this cute 2 bedroom, 1 bath home for rent in the downtown area. Rent is $800 per month with $800 security deposit. Tenant pays all utilities. No Pets.
1 Unit Available
2486 1/2 Brookwillow Loop
2486 1/2 Brookwillow Loop
Grand Junction, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
1088 sqft
Last updated April 8 at 07:31 AM
3 bed, 2 bath end unit in Brookwillow Subdivision. Close to Mesa Mall and other great North GJ amenities. This property offers a lovely layout and good room sizes. Call today to schedule a showing!! Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
1 Unit Available
720 1/2 Spanish Trail Drive
720 1/2 Spanish Trail Dr
Grand Junction, CO
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1423 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
Fully Furnished 3 Bed 2 Bath Home in Spanish Trails - $100 off per month for the first six months! This Beautiful home in Spanish Trail comes fully furnished with an Indian/Western motif.
1 Unit Available
2499 Tiptop Ave B
2499 Tiptop Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
3 Bedrooms
Ask
4 Bedrooms
$2,100
1861 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 11:06 AM
Modern Beauty, distinguished design, location! - Property Id: 142280 Brand new construction. Single family home in beautiful north area, easy to maintain for working professionals.
Find More Rentals By

Bedrooms

Fruita 3 Bedroom Apartments

Bedrooms

Find More Rentals in Nearby
Find an apartment for rent in Fruita, CO

Searching for an apartment for rent in Fruita, CO? Look no further! Apartment List will help you find a perfect apartment near you. There are 16 available rental units listed on Apartment List in Fruita. Click on listings to see photos, floorplans, amenities, prices and availability, and much more!

Tired of browsing? Take our personalized quiz. You’ll answer a couple of simple questions and we’ll put together a list of Fruita apartments that are best for you. We’ll also factor in your commute, budget, and preferred amenities. Looking for a pet-friendly rental, or an apartment with in-unit washer and dryer? No problem, we’ll provide you with apartments that match that criteria.

You can trust ApartmentList.com to help you find your next Fruita, CO apartment rental! After all, everyone deserves a home they love.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Fruita?
Apartment Rentals in Fruita start at $850/month.
How much is rent in Fruita?
Apartment Rentals in Fruita start at $850/month.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Fruita?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Fruita?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Fruita properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Fruita properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Fruita?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Fruita.
How much should I pay for rent in Fruita?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Fruita.
City GuideFruita
Fruita, Colorado is famous for its annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, a celebration of a chicken who managed to live healthily for 18 months without a head.
Fruita, Colorado is famous for its annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, a celebration of a chicken who managed to live healthily for 18 months without a head.

There's no getting around it: Fruita has a reputation for being -- well, charmingly eccentric. This well-earned image is primarily due to its biggest claim to international fame, the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. Weird? Yup, but also loads of fun. Amid this zaniness there's loads of civic pride; after all, folks love living in this small Western pioneer town that's named for its origins as a fruit farming district. With a population of 12,646 (2010 Census), it's also a bustling business town, with corporations such as Fuel Managers Incorporated and oil company Patterson UTI. Business has its place in Fruita, but somehow, you get the feeling that the important things, like trail hiking, white water rafting and celebrating life (even if you're a phrenologically-challenged chicken) are what really matter here.

Moving to Fruita

Once you're ready to move, it helps to use an online apartments locator to help find rental apartment complexes and townhouses for rent, but it's also a good idea to make a scouting expedition and drive around, because you might discover some unadvertised rentals. Fruita is the kind of place where you might also luck into an all-utilities-paid rental, although these are becoming increasingly harder to find here. Be prepared to pay first month's rent in advance, plus a security deposit and a pet deposit if you live with a menagerie.

Moving to Fruita
+

Once you're ready to move, it helps to use an online apartments locator to help find rental apartment complexes and townhouses for rent, but it's also a good idea to make a scouting expedition and drive around, because you might discover some unadvertised rentals. Fruita is the kind of place where you might also luck into an all-utilities-paid rental, although these are becoming increasingly harder to find here. Be prepared to pay first month's rent in advance, plus a security deposit and a pet deposit if you live with a menagerie.

Neighborhoods in Fruita

When you're ready to start searching for places to rent in Fruita, check out some of the popular residential neighborhoods that are close to area amenities. If you can, try and visit each neighborhood in person beforehand to compare and contrast before committing to one that might not be perfect for you.

Adobe Creek Ranch: This area features beautiful homes for sale, many of them contemporary ranch styles. Search around and you might be able to find one that's for rent or that has a rent-to-own option. It's also conveniently close to the Broadway area, where you'll find amenities such as City Market supermarket and Walgreen's, as well as the lovely Circle Park.

Cleveland: Cleveland Avenue is a lovely bike-friendly residential area with plenty of homes for sale, so it's a great place to search for rental houses.

Holly Park: This bike-friendly area has a number of beautiful, modern mobile / manufactured homes for sale and rent. It's also just minutes away from Olga Anson Park.

Kiefers Orchard: This centrally located area is chock-full of lovely homes for sale and rent, many built in a contemporary ranch style. It's just minutes from lovely Reed Park and is close to amenities such as Dollar General and Morning Mission Coffee.

Orchard Valley: This neighborhood features beautiful homes, both ranch and multi-level styles, for sale and for rent. It's close to the super-cool Museum of Western Colorado, as well as restaurants such as Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria.

Wildwood: Wildwood Drive is a beautiful bike-friendly residential neighborhood that boasts plenty of lovely homes (many with wooded lots) for sale and rent. It's conveniently close to the popular Little Salt Wash Sports Park.

Neighborhoods in Fruita
+

When you're ready to start searching for places to rent in Fruita, check out some of the popular residential neighborhoods that are close to area amenities. If you can, try and visit each neighborhood in person beforehand to compare and contrast before committing to one that might not be perfect for you.

Adobe Creek Ranch: This area features beautiful homes for sale, many of them contemporary ranch styles. Search around and you might be able to find one that's for rent or that has a rent-to-own option. It's also conveniently close to the Broadway area, where you'll find amenities such as City Market supermarket and Walgreen's, as well as the lovely Circle Park.

Cleveland: Cleveland Avenue is a lovely bike-friendly residential area with plenty of homes for sale, so it's a great place to search for rental houses.

Holly Park: This bike-friendly area has a number of beautiful, modern mobile / manufactured homes for sale and rent. It's also just minutes away from Olga Anson Park.

Kiefers Orchard: This centrally located area is chock-full of lovely homes for sale and rent, many built in a contemporary ranch style. It's just minutes from lovely Reed Park and is close to amenities such as Dollar General and Morning Mission Coffee.

Orchard Valley: This neighborhood features beautiful homes, both ranch and multi-level styles, for sale and for rent. It's close to the super-cool Museum of Western Colorado, as well as restaurants such as Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria.

Wildwood: Wildwood Drive is a beautiful bike-friendly residential neighborhood that boasts plenty of lovely homes (many with wooded lots) for sale and rent. It's conveniently close to the popular Little Salt Wash Sports Park.

Living in Fruita

If you're worried about Colorado weather, don't. Fruita has a milder climate than the higher elevations of the state, with January highs in the upper 30's, July highs in the low 90's and only 13 inches of snow a year. As for getting around, Grand Valley Transit offers bus service throughout the town, and the area is also a haven for bikers, so you may be able to give the car a rest here.

Love whitewater rafting? Fruita is a great place to catch the Colorado River, where you can cruise through the 25-mile Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. If you prefer to hike or drive, Colorado National Monument Park is a must-see attraction that features some of the world's most spectacular natural scenery. Also, check out the Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey Museum where you can see genuine artifacts recovered from local digs.

When it's time to eat, one hands-down local favorite is the Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, where you can enjoy homemade pizzas and fabulous strombolis. Coloradans pride themselves on their handcrafted beers, so when you're thirsty, head on over to Copper Club Brewing Company and try the sublime Hoocheweizen wheat beer -- or any of the other artisan brews.

You can't talk about Fruita without mentioning the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, an internationally-famous event held every May. Not to go into too much detail, a local chicken survived an attempt to make him into dinner, and the owners were so impressed that they named him Mike and took him on tour, where he survived, headlessly and happily, for 18 months (if you don't believe any of this, Google it). The zany fun-filled festival is cherished by locals as a celebration of the will to live, especially, as they say, if you don't have a brain in your head.

There's more here than just a willingness to celebrate goofy festivals. There's also an intense local pride and love for the place, not only for its great pioneer history, but also for its present position as one of the most pleasant, most picturesque towns in Colorado -- and that's saying quite a lot.

Living in Fruita
+

If you're worried about Colorado weather, don't. Fruita has a milder climate than the higher elevations of the state, with January highs in the upper 30's, July highs in the low 90's and only 13 inches of snow a year. As for getting around, Grand Valley Transit offers bus service throughout the town, and the area is also a haven for bikers, so you may be able to give the car a rest here.

Love whitewater rafting? Fruita is a great place to catch the Colorado River, where you can cruise through the 25-mile Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. If you prefer to hike or drive, Colorado National Monument Park is a must-see attraction that features some of the world's most spectacular natural scenery. Also, check out the Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey Museum where you can see genuine artifacts recovered from local digs.

When it's time to eat, one hands-down local favorite is the Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, where you can enjoy homemade pizzas and fabulous strombolis. Coloradans pride themselves on their handcrafted beers, so when you're thirsty, head on over to Copper Club Brewing Company and try the sublime Hoocheweizen wheat beer -- or any of the other artisan brews.

You can't talk about Fruita without mentioning the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, an internationally-famous event held every May. Not to go into too much detail, a local chicken survived an attempt to make him into dinner, and the owners were so impressed that they named him Mike and took him on tour, where he survived, headlessly and happily, for 18 months (if you don't believe any of this, Google it). The zany fun-filled festival is cherished by locals as a celebration of the will to live, especially, as they say, if you don't have a brain in your head.

There's more here than just a willingness to celebrate goofy festivals. There's also an intense local pride and love for the place, not only for its great pioneer history, but also for its present position as one of the most pleasant, most picturesque towns in Colorado -- and that's saying quite a lot.

Read More
City GuideFruita
Fruita, Colorado is famous for its annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, a celebration of a chicken who managed to live healthily for 18 months without a head.
Fruita, Colorado is famous for its annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, a celebration of a chicken who managed to live healthily for 18 months without a head.

There's no getting around it: Fruita has a reputation for being -- well, charmingly eccentric. This well-earned image is primarily due to its biggest claim to international fame, the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. Weird? Yup, but also loads of fun. Amid this zaniness there's loads of civic pride; after all, folks love living in this small Western pioneer town that's named for its origins as a fruit farming district. With a population of 12,646 (2010 Census), it's also a bustling business town, with corporations such as Fuel Managers Incorporated and oil company Patterson UTI. Business has its place in Fruita, but somehow, you get the feeling that the important things, like trail hiking, white water rafting and celebrating life (even if you're a phrenologically-challenged chicken) are what really matter here.

Moving to Fruita

Once you're ready to move, it helps to use an online apartments locator to help find rental apartment complexes and townhouses for rent, but it's also a good idea to make a scouting expedition and drive around, because you might discover some unadvertised rentals. Fruita is the kind of place where you might also luck into an all-utilities-paid rental, although these are becoming increasingly harder to find here. Be prepared to pay first month's rent in advance, plus a security deposit and a pet deposit if you live with a menagerie.

Moving to Fruita
+

Once you're ready to move, it helps to use an online apartments locator to help find rental apartment complexes and townhouses for rent, but it's also a good idea to make a scouting expedition and drive around, because you might discover some unadvertised rentals. Fruita is the kind of place where you might also luck into an all-utilities-paid rental, although these are becoming increasingly harder to find here. Be prepared to pay first month's rent in advance, plus a security deposit and a pet deposit if you live with a menagerie.

Neighborhoods in Fruita

When you're ready to start searching for places to rent in Fruita, check out some of the popular residential neighborhoods that are close to area amenities. If you can, try and visit each neighborhood in person beforehand to compare and contrast before committing to one that might not be perfect for you.

Adobe Creek Ranch: This area features beautiful homes for sale, many of them contemporary ranch styles. Search around and you might be able to find one that's for rent or that has a rent-to-own option. It's also conveniently close to the Broadway area, where you'll find amenities such as City Market supermarket and Walgreen's, as well as the lovely Circle Park.

Cleveland: Cleveland Avenue is a lovely bike-friendly residential area with plenty of homes for sale, so it's a great place to search for rental houses.

Holly Park: This bike-friendly area has a number of beautiful, modern mobile / manufactured homes for sale and rent. It's also just minutes away from Olga Anson Park.

Kiefers Orchard: This centrally located area is chock-full of lovely homes for sale and rent, many built in a contemporary ranch style. It's just minutes from lovely Reed Park and is close to amenities such as Dollar General and Morning Mission Coffee.

Orchard Valley: This neighborhood features beautiful homes, both ranch and multi-level styles, for sale and for rent. It's close to the super-cool Museum of Western Colorado, as well as restaurants such as Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria.

Wildwood: Wildwood Drive is a beautiful bike-friendly residential neighborhood that boasts plenty of lovely homes (many with wooded lots) for sale and rent. It's conveniently close to the popular Little Salt Wash Sports Park.

Neighborhoods in Fruita
+

When you're ready to start searching for places to rent in Fruita, check out some of the popular residential neighborhoods that are close to area amenities. If you can, try and visit each neighborhood in person beforehand to compare and contrast before committing to one that might not be perfect for you.

Adobe Creek Ranch: This area features beautiful homes for sale, many of them contemporary ranch styles. Search around and you might be able to find one that's for rent or that has a rent-to-own option. It's also conveniently close to the Broadway area, where you'll find amenities such as City Market supermarket and Walgreen's, as well as the lovely Circle Park.

Cleveland: Cleveland Avenue is a lovely bike-friendly residential area with plenty of homes for sale, so it's a great place to search for rental houses.

Holly Park: This bike-friendly area has a number of beautiful, modern mobile / manufactured homes for sale and rent. It's also just minutes away from Olga Anson Park.

Kiefers Orchard: This centrally located area is chock-full of lovely homes for sale and rent, many built in a contemporary ranch style. It's just minutes from lovely Reed Park and is close to amenities such as Dollar General and Morning Mission Coffee.

Orchard Valley: This neighborhood features beautiful homes, both ranch and multi-level styles, for sale and for rent. It's close to the super-cool Museum of Western Colorado, as well as restaurants such as Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria.

Wildwood: Wildwood Drive is a beautiful bike-friendly residential neighborhood that boasts plenty of lovely homes (many with wooded lots) for sale and rent. It's conveniently close to the popular Little Salt Wash Sports Park.

Living in Fruita

If you're worried about Colorado weather, don't. Fruita has a milder climate than the higher elevations of the state, with January highs in the upper 30's, July highs in the low 90's and only 13 inches of snow a year. As for getting around, Grand Valley Transit offers bus service throughout the town, and the area is also a haven for bikers, so you may be able to give the car a rest here.

Love whitewater rafting? Fruita is a great place to catch the Colorado River, where you can cruise through the 25-mile Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. If you prefer to hike or drive, Colorado National Monument Park is a must-see attraction that features some of the world's most spectacular natural scenery. Also, check out the Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey Museum where you can see genuine artifacts recovered from local digs.

When it's time to eat, one hands-down local favorite is the Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, where you can enjoy homemade pizzas and fabulous strombolis. Coloradans pride themselves on their handcrafted beers, so when you're thirsty, head on over to Copper Club Brewing Company and try the sublime Hoocheweizen wheat beer -- or any of the other artisan brews.

You can't talk about Fruita without mentioning the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, an internationally-famous event held every May. Not to go into too much detail, a local chicken survived an attempt to make him into dinner, and the owners were so impressed that they named him Mike and took him on tour, where he survived, headlessly and happily, for 18 months (if you don't believe any of this, Google it). The zany fun-filled festival is cherished by locals as a celebration of the will to live, especially, as they say, if you don't have a brain in your head.

There's more here than just a willingness to celebrate goofy festivals. There's also an intense local pride and love for the place, not only for its great pioneer history, but also for its present position as one of the most pleasant, most picturesque towns in Colorado -- and that's saying quite a lot.

Living in Fruita
+

If you're worried about Colorado weather, don't. Fruita has a milder climate than the higher elevations of the state, with January highs in the upper 30's, July highs in the low 90's and only 13 inches of snow a year. As for getting around, Grand Valley Transit offers bus service throughout the town, and the area is also a haven for bikers, so you may be able to give the car a rest here.

Love whitewater rafting? Fruita is a great place to catch the Colorado River, where you can cruise through the 25-mile Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. If you prefer to hike or drive, Colorado National Monument Park is a must-see attraction that features some of the world's most spectacular natural scenery. Also, check out the Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey Museum where you can see genuine artifacts recovered from local digs.

When it's time to eat, one hands-down local favorite is the Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, where you can enjoy homemade pizzas and fabulous strombolis. Coloradans pride themselves on their handcrafted beers, so when you're thirsty, head on over to Copper Club Brewing Company and try the sublime Hoocheweizen wheat beer -- or any of the other artisan brews.

You can't talk about Fruita without mentioning the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, an internationally-famous event held every May. Not to go into too much detail, a local chicken survived an attempt to make him into dinner, and the owners were so impressed that they named him Mike and took him on tour, where he survived, headlessly and happily, for 18 months (if you don't believe any of this, Google it). The zany fun-filled festival is cherished by locals as a celebration of the will to live, especially, as they say, if you don't have a brain in your head.

There's more here than just a willingness to celebrate goofy festivals. There's also an intense local pride and love for the place, not only for its great pioneer history, but also for its present position as one of the most pleasant, most picturesque towns in Colorado -- and that's saying quite a lot.