Gypsum makes list of top Colorado ‘towns with a twist’ |

Gypsum makes list of top Colorado ‘towns with a twist’

Cindy Ramunno
The town of Gypsum ranked 22 in Fox 31's list of "Colorado Towns with a Twist."
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An article by KDVR’s Will Holden regarding Colorado’s best small towns is making the rounds locally via the internet.

The author named Gypsum as number twenty-two in the top 25 “towns with a twist” in Colorado.

“Gypsum has long been striving to be a well rounded community that provides several different and unique opportunities for jobs and employment and an awesome quality of life experience through numerous outlets of recreation,” said town manager Jeff Shroll. “We are still one of the few places you can swim, bike, fish, shoot, float the river, play soccer, softball or lacrosse and golf in one day all inside our town limits. We feel very honored to have made the list.”

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In compiling his list, author Will C. Holden notes “Colorado is world-renowned for its ski towns. And often times that casts a shadow on the other beautiful small cities and towns in our state’s mountains that don’t operate chair lifts.”

Holden complied a list of “25 non-resort-based small cities and towns in the state.” And while his list does not include popular ski resorts such as Vail or Aspen, it does include communities such as Glenwood Springs, Estes Park and Durango, which definitely qualify as resort towns, although they are not ski resort towns.

“In an attempt to make our list a little more impartial, we issued these five parameters to limit the amount of cities eligible for our top 25 ranking,” said Holden.

As defined for his article, each listed small city or town must:

Have a population of over 1,000 and under 17,000 as of the 2010 census

Be fully located west of I-25

Be in a mountainous region

Be more than 17 miles from the nearest major ski area

Be more than 17 miles from the nearest major city of over 17,000

Be more 17 miles from each other city on the list.

A final qualifer was particularly noteworthy for local readers who wondered why Eagle was left off the list. In the event that two small cities or towns were within 17 miles of each other, Holden went with the more populous of the two.

“For the record, it was with great pains that we limited our own rankings to towns above 1,000, especially considering many of our favorite mountain towns fall into that category (see: Hotchkiss, Silverton, Lake City, Empire, Victor and Rye — just to name a few),” said Holden. “However, given the large number of such towns — there are over 100 of them in the state — and tricky gray areas about which of them are actual towns, unincorporated communities or census-designated places (see: Bailey, Pine, Colorado City, etc.) we felt it prudent to avoid that slippery slope.”

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