Must-Stop Colorado Ice Cream Shops

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already mid summer and I think that calls for a post about ice cream. My husband loves sweets, so if we spot an ice cream shop or a candy store during our travels around Colorado, we always have to pop in. Here are a few of our favorite ice cream shops in Colorado.

Malt Shoppe – Pagosa Springs

What could be better after a long hot day floating on the San Juan River than stopping by the Malt Shoppe for an ice cream cone or a milkshake? Not much.

Must-stop Colorado ice cream shops. Malt Shoppe in Pagosa Springs.

This throwback establishment also serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. A $4.99 pita breakfast pocket is just the thing to wolf down before you head out for a day of fun in Pagosa Springs.

Whether we’re in town for a weekend of soaking at The Springs or just passing through, the Malt Shoppe is a must-stop in the Southwest Colorado town of Pagosa Springs.

Ollie’s Ice Cream – Paonia

There were lots of smiley, happy, faces when we popped into Ollie’s Ice Cream shop after a delicious, farm-to-table dinner at The Living Farm Cafe. With buckets of colorful ice cream behind the counter, this place reminded me of the ice cream parlors of my childhood.

Must-stop Colorado ice cream shops - Ollie's in Paonia, Colorado.

Ollie’s is in Paonia, in Delta County, Colorado, which is a sweet spot for more than just ice cream. The area is brimming with small family farms, wineries and more. A unique spot in Colorado, this region is where the Rocky Mountains meet mesa country.

I’d recommend a visit to The Living Farm, just a mile outside of town, followed by ice cream at Ollie’s. Or rent a bike from Cirque Cyclery and enjoy tooling around the quiet country roads. Once you’re back in downtown, treat yourself to a cone.

Miyauchi’s Snack Bar & Homemade Ice Cream – Grand Lake

Whether you spend the day on the lake or spend the day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, a waffle cone filled with creamy homemade ice cream from Miyauchi’s will make your day complete.

Must-stop Colorado ice cream shops. Miyauchi's in Grand Lake.

Just steps from Headwaters Marina where you can rent a boat or take a boat tour with an entertaining guide, Miyauchi’s serves up more than ice cream. Playing in Grand Lake can work up quite an appetite, and this snack shack offers an assortment of affordable diner style food that will keep you and the kids going until dinner time.

Do you have a favorite Colorado ice cream shop? Tell me about it in the comments section. Ryan thanks you!





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