Located about halfway between the resort towns of Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Colorado, is a small town at the junction of CO-9 and US-40. While not as large a destination resort as other area towns, Kremmling does offer a variety of interesting attractions, including the start of the Gore Canyon whitewater rafting trip, fossil hunting, cliff golf, area hot springs and fishing and hunting. As a smaller town with less of a tourist industry than the ski towns that lie in three directions, Kremmling has a variety of reasonably priced properties, including motels and inns.
Kremmling is just over 100 miles from Denver and can be reached directly from several major highways. The quickest, most direct route from Denver to Kremmling is the 104-mile route from Interstate 70 to CO-9. A more scenic route that involves a steep, winding traverse of Berthoud Pass is Interstate 70 to US-40, a 114-mile trip.
Kremmling is a slight anomaly of the Colorado Rockies. While it's located smack in the middle of the mountains, not far from iconic alpine destinations like Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park and Breckenridge, the town looks more like the high deserts on the Colorado Plateau region of western Colorado. Though mountains are visible in the distance, the heart of town is dominated by a series of prominent, flat-topped cliffs. When booking a motel in town, be sure to ask if you'll be able to see the cliffs from your room.
The Kremmling Chamber of Commerce lists a handful of properties in the "Hotels and Motels" section of its website, including Bob's Western Motel on US-40, Allington Inn and Suites on West Central Avenue, and the Cliffside Inn on 6th Street. As of 2010, web-listed prices range from $45 per night at Bob's Western Motel to around $120 per night for a Jacuzzi suite at the Allington Inn and Suites.
The Allington Inn and Suites, which opened in 2009, offers the best selection of amenities, with a heated indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center, high-speed wireless Internet and free deluxe continental breakfast. The Cliffside Inn has an outdoor Jacuzzi and continental breakfast and advertises refrigerators in every room. Bob's Motel offers the least amenities, including high-speed Internet on the north part of the property and refrigerators and microwaves in some rooms. All three properties have pet-friendly rooms.
When To Visit
Kremmling offers an array of activities year-round. In winter, the town is convenient to many of Colorado's largest ski resorts and also is a destination for snowmobiling and ice fishing. In summer, fishing, hiking, rafting and horseback riding provide a few reasons to visit. The town holds events around the year, including Kremmling Days in June. A big family fun festival, Kremmling Days includes a cliff golf tournament, live music and beer garden and a parade down Main Street.