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The images of Colorado Hunter 2011

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Hayden, Colo.

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Towns in the great outdoors

Northwest Colorado towns offer nationally ranked options for outdoor activities

While hunters travel all across Colorado each year to bag big game, Craig offers one thing other towns don’t. “We have big-game hunting and a large population of other wildlife,” says Rob Schmitzer, the sportsman information specialist for the Craig Chamber of Commerce. “But we also have hundreds of thousands of acres of public land that aren’t over utilized. Craig offers solitude.” In Outdoor Life magazine’s fourth annual rankings of the top 200 towns for sportsmen, Craig ranked 77th, dropping nine spots from last year. But that’s fine with locals, who like to keep the outdoor gem to themselves.

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