"The Mountains are Calling and I
some it's a dream, for others it's a lifestyle.
Living or vacationing at altitude, "above it all", is a special
experience, and our objective at MountainZIP is to
help you enjoy it. Read our Mountain
Town Reviews of some very special or unusual places in the
high country that you would enjoy visiting or making your home, as well
as information on how you can get "high". What is a Mountain ZIP?
have a favorite mountain town that deserves mention. We welcome your
reviews and comments.
is a Mountain ZIP you ask?
a very Special Location. And all these locations
have an associated Zip Code. While this isn't a directory of Zip Codes,
we use the idea that a Zip Code helps to define these specific
people identify their home with their Zip Code. Some Zip Codes are
famous, like Beverly Hills, 90210 (or Dr.
For several years starting in 2000, National Geographic
magazine ran a regular monthly feature to focus on the community in one
summer on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO (80301), there is a
'busker' (street performer) who challenges the crowd to give him a Zip
Code he can't connect to it's actual location. He often adds a favorite
dish at a restaurant or a point of interest in that particular Zip
Code, and we've never seen him stumped.
The highest town with a Zip Code is Leadville, CO
(80461). With an altitude of 10,152 feet, it is a real mountain
What defines a Mountain
and cities thought of as "mountain" communities aren't really in
the mountains. Denver (80201), while located at
5,280 feet altitude, is at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Denver's
nickname was once "The Queen City of the Plains." Denver should be
considered a "mountain" town based on the fact the mountains are an
obvious part of the Mile High City's landscape. But we
don't. Real mountain towns have a particular
property that causes the locals to 'accommodate' the mountains in
their environment: Deep snows, breathtaking views, or valleys deep
enough to cause premature sunsets, are among characteristics of what we
must endure to say we're really in the Mountains. If we must put a
number on it, the best mountain towns are generally located above 6,000
feet, but there are many towns located deep in the mountains as low as
to our ZIPs...the MountainZIPS.
Visit Our Towns.
These are locations that we love, that are in the Mountains, and that
are very unique. Not every Mountain town, but those that are very
it's all about "Location, Location, Location."