If you want to see a small town worthy of the series « The A-team », stop for one or two hours in Empire, Colorado.
Empire is a small town of 400 people, created by miners when the golden rush happened, like most of the towns in the area. Cut into 2 parts by the US road 40, one of the mythical roads which crossed the USA in the twenties, Empire is about 40 minutes away from Denver via the highway 1-70.
Here is a nice and digestive stroll to do : leave Jenny's and head to the base-ball pitch (South Main Street) and follow the road until Empire pass. You'll have a beautiful view over the valley leading to Georgetown and to the highway.
With a bit of luck, you'll be able to attend the « Frog Rodeo » parade. This is an eclectic march which opens the Frog Rodeo day and which allows the inhabitants of Empire to march on the US 40 by car, by bike, with their dogs... The Frog Rodeo is a frog race which takes place on the base ball pitch of the town, a blast for children.
So, whether you go skiing or riding your bike, let's stop at Empire.