Best Places to Retire in Colorado

Best Places to Retire in Colorado

Colorado, with its breathtaking mountain views, vibrant cultural scene, and outdoor recreation, is an ideal destination for retirees. Whether you seek the serene beauty of Estes Park, the vibrant lifestyle of Boulder, or the historical charm of Colorado Springs, Colorado offers diverse options for a fulfilling retirement. Explore the best places to retire in Colorado and find your perfect retirement haven.

Why Retire in Colorado?

Retiring in Colorado offers numerous benefits that make it a desirable location for many retirees.

Spectacular Scenery

With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Colorado offers some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

Active Lifestyle

Known for promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, Colorado provides endless opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, and biking.

Four Distinct Seasons

Experience all four seasons, each offering unique activities and picturesque settings.

Low Property Taxes

Colorado boasts some of the lowest property taxes in the country, making it an economically attractive option for retirees.

Excellent Healthcare

Colorado is home to top-rated healthcare facilities, ensuring that retirees have access to quality medical care.

Top Cities and Towns to Retire in Colorado


Boulder is known for its vibrant arts scene, outdoor activities, and sustainable living.


  • Pearl Street Mall with shops and restaurants
  • Boulder Creek Path for walking and biking
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Numerous parks and open spaces

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs offers a blend of natural beauty, historical attractions, and modern amenities.


  • Garden of the Gods Park
  • Pikes Peak
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Historic downtown with shops and restaurants

Best Small Towns to Retire in Colorado

Estes Park

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and offers a peaceful, scenic retirement setting.


  • Proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Scenic drives and hiking trails
  • Quaint downtown with shops and cafes
  • Active arts and cultural community


Salida, known for its artistic vibe and outdoor recreation, is an ideal small-town retirement destination.


  • Arkansas River for fishing and rafting
  • Historic downtown with galleries and boutiques
  • Monarch Mountain for skiing
  • Year-round festivals and events

FAQs about Retiring in Colorado

Find Your Ideal Community in Colorado

The Retreat

Colorado Springs, CO
Homes from the high $300s - $400s

Welcome to the best 55+ Active Adult Community in Colorado Springs, CO, The Retreat by OakwoodLife! With breathtaking views of Pike’s Peak, The Retreat is located in the award-winning Banning Lewis Ranch, the fastest-selling community in Colorado Springs, and ranked in the Top 50 master-planned communities in the nation.

When you build at The Retreat you Get More Than a New Home! You get a new community with easy access to your clubhouse, pool, spa, pickleball courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, game room, golf simulator, demonstration kitchen, and miles of trails. You get new friends you instantly connect with because we are all over 55 and realize that now is our time to pursue passions, focus on health, and truly find meaning and purpose in life. You get to experience new activities and events with your world-class Lifestyle Director who designs personalized programs for you. You learn new skills, play new games, set new goals, seek new adventures, discover new hobbies, and maybe even invent a brand new you!


Homes near Grand Junction CO | Cobble Creek | Montrose San Mountains

Homes at Cobble Creek

Montrose, CO
Homes starting at $499K

Nestled at the gateway to the San Juan Mountains is a place where Mother Nature designs your backyard, and the idea of an authentic Colorado lifestyle still thrives. Immerse yourself in the famed landscapes of the American West and discover the Homes at Cobble Creek.

Located a few hours southwest of Denver in Montrose, Colorado, you will find the Cobble Creek Golf Community, a growing western slope retirement destination. Homes at Cobble Creek’s range of offerings includes homes currently under construction as well as the opportunity to custom design your home to your specifications.

Our single-family homes on estate lots begin at around 2,600 square feet and typically include three bedrooms in addition to a home office. For residents who own property elsewhere, like to travel regularly or just want to down-size, we also offer 2,000 square foot Patio Homes with “Lock and Leave” convenience. In addition, we are excited to announce that we have commenced construction of Patio Homes in Spruce Point at Cobble Creek, a new section of the community offering smaller yet luxurious designs at lower beginning price points.

Located in the Uncompahgre Valley, Cobble Creek is uniquely situated to enjoy mild winters and comfortable summers. Make sure to take full advantage of the favorable weather by teeing off at the 18-hole golf course. Just outside the community, recreational opportunities are endless, with outstanding fly-fishing, stargazing, and hunting, as well as trails for off-roading, horseback riding, and hiking.

Relaxed entertainment abounds in nearby communities. Enjoy a glass of wine at your favorite winery or revel in one of many music festivals. Stroll through a peach or apple orchard during peak harvest season or select fresh-off-the-vine produce at one of many local farms and farmer’s markets. Soak up the health and wellness benefits of fabulous natural hot springs.

If you’ve considered retiring in the mountain west, Homes at Cobble Creek, one of Ideal-Living’s 100 Best Places to Live, invites you to start your journey by requesting more information here.


Siena Lake

Siena Lake

Gypsum, CO
Siena Lake is a new residential community located in Gypsum, Colorado. Siena Lake is also home to a seven-acre scenic swimming lake, as well as a variety of other amenities, including a clubhouse, walking trails, and a dog park. The community is located just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Resorts, and it offers easy access to world-class skiing, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Siena Lake is the perfect place for those who are looking for an active lifestyle in the Rocky Mountains.

Start Your Colorado Retirement Journey

Colorado provides a wealth of options for retirees, from vibrant urban centers to peaceful small towns. Whether you seek cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, or a high quality of life, Colorado has something to offer. Discover the best places to retire in Colorado with Ideal-Living and start planning your perfect retirement today.

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