Beat the summer heat at these 10 ice cream shops around Colorado.
1. Josh and John’s - Colorado Springs, Fort Collins
Born out of adventure and necessity, Josh and John’s is a native staple in Colorado. The first shop opened in 1986 in Colorado Springs, with the brand since expanding to Fort Collins. After graduating from Colorado College, two friends with a shared the passion of creating the best homemade ice cream got together to launch the successful brand.
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2. Here’s the Scoop – Salida
In the historic town of Salida, find Here’s the Scoop for more delightful cold desserts. This shop offers rich, smooth ice cream in flavors like vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough, coffee, mint, moose tracks, and more. Special flavors vary day-to-day.
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3. Paradise Bakery – Aspen
Along with coffee drinks, croissants, and brownies, Paradise Bakery in Aspen dishes out creamy sorbetto and gelato. Choose from flavors like toffee crunch, decadent chocolate fudge, blueberry, peach, and more.
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4. Little Man Ice Cream – Denver
You’ll know you’ve reached Little Man Ice Cream when you see the 28-foot-tall milk can the shop serves from. This shop is an iconic Denver landmark that scoops out ice cream in cups, handmade waffle cones, sundaes, splits, and more. Garnish ice cream with toppings like hot fudge, M&Ms, Oreo, peanuts, cherries, and more.
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5. Pueblo’s Ice Cream – Pueblo
Beat the heat of summer in the Steel City with ice cream from Pueblo’s Ice Cream shop. Discover Mexican-style desserts like the staff-favorite Piña Loca, the savory Mexican Elote, and a loaded banana split.
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6. Mountain View Yogurt Plus – Woodland Park
This frozen yogurt shop is appropriately named for its stunning view of Pikes Peak. Choose from an array of frozen yogurt flavors, along with other options, like hot dogs, at Mountain View Yogurt Plus.
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7. Cream Bean Berry - Durango
Discover the daily offerings in ice cream flavors from Cream Bean Berry in Durango. Their ice cream is made with organic milk, cream, and sugar. Flavors of the ice cream come from local growers such as honey lavender, mixed berry crisp, balsamic strawberry, and more.
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8. Graff Dairy – Grand Junction
An ice cream from this Western Slope favorite helps local youth by employing those at The House, an organization for homeless youth. Located in a historic building since 1964, Graff Dairy offers soft serve ice cream, various types of banana splits, shakes, malts, and more.
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9. Charlie’s Frozen Treat Shop – Winter Park
Enjoy frozen treats in the mountains from Charlie’s Frozen Treat Shop in Winter Park. Find an array of sweets including frozen custard, gelato, cookie sandwiches, and Italian ice.
10. Telluride Truffle – Telluride
Known to have the richest, most decadent ice cream in town, Telluride Truffle dishes up handmade cookies, candies, ice cream, and more.
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Leslie James is all about Colorado when it comes to writing features, sharing adventures, and creating colorful galleries. She loves camping, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Leslie joined OutThere Colorado in November 2020.