4.2 out of 10

Empire

39.7602659456184 -105.682391358968
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 23, 2013

"Home to the oldest hotel in Colorado"

There are some really neat things about Empire, such as some of the homes here which blend so nicely into the surrounding mountainous views. It is also located close to some great 14ers if you're into hiking. Although Empire lies near the base of Bard Peak, it doesn't have that nice, tucked in feeling of many other mountain towns. The highway (40) going through here does tend to dominate the town as another reviewer stated.

There are currently 283 people living here, and many of them work in accommodation and food services.The median household income is $44,543 which is a bit below the state average, but home prices here are a little lower as well.

The town of Empire really got started back in 1858 when gold was found here. Later there were mines added for ore and sliver as well. Empire has the oldest hotel in the state, The Peck House which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. They even have a room there which is completely furnished with the items Mary Grace Parsons Peck arrived with two years after her husband and sons came to the area in 1860. The Pecks were the first owners of the hotel and there are also items of theirs scattered throughout the hotel.
Pros
  • old histroric cabins
  • small
  • snowmobiling
Cons
  • highway dominates
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Oct 08, 2012

"Empire - old classic Colorado cabins and winter sports heaven"

Empire is a tiny town of about 300 people scattered around HW 40. On the way from I-70 to Winterpark, Empire can be missed in a blink. The little cabins and thick forested slopes are classic Colorado. I spent a couple nights in Empire in an old cabin a few years back. The highway simmers down at night and you are up there at 8,600 feet, the winter nights are crisp and the stars are bright.

We went snowmobiling a few miles towards Winterpark and really loved it. There are a lot of trails and hidden roads off of HW 40 -- you can cruise by without noticing them. It is a whole other world off the highway and the complex of snowmobile trails go all the way up past timberline.

In town there are just a handful of businesses and some rough and some sweet characters in town. This is not a fluffy place and the exhaustion of keeping up with appearances is dropped up here in the clean air--if you can get over the occasional diesel cloud from HW 40:)
Pros
  • small
  • old histroric cabins
  • snowmobiling
Cons
  • highway dominates
  • not but shopping
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers