Best Towns 2010: Carbondale, Colorado

Runner Up: Best Overall (West)

Steve's Guitars in Carbondale     Photo: Tyler Stableford

There's a reason Rock and Ice and Trail Runner magazines are based here. But this town of 6,313 is home to some of the state's finest skiing (both backcountry at nearby Marble Peak and inbounds 32 miles upvalley in Aspen) and paddling and fly-fishing in the Roaring Fork Valley's three rivers. The only catch? While home values have come down lately, they're still pricey (median price: $469,000).

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