It’s 4/20, man! In case you didn’t know, that’s the unofficial marijuana holiday—although now that medical or recreational marijuana has legal status in some states, the holiday is moving into the mainstream. For instance, Denver’s 420 Rally is a major event that’s even eyed with tolerance by the police.
Given its location straddling the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is unsurprisingly home to many of the country’s cloud-scraping towns. Of course, Colorado is also one of only three states to have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Hmm … coincidence?
So in honor of the day, we thought we’d take a look at homes in some of the highest towns in the U.S. (We’re talking about elevation, of course.)
In all seriousness, most of these mountain towns are great bases to ski in winter and hike in summer, amid the glorious wildflower-dotted slopes of the Rockies. So if you don’t partake in the, uh, culture, there’s a whole other array of options for you to enjoy.
1. Alma, CO
Elevation: 10,578 feet
Address: 526 N. Aspen St.
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,400 sq. ft.
Price: $ 385,000
Alma is the highest incorporated municipality in the United States with permanent residents (in 2010, those residents numbered 270). A former mining town, it has a rich history that includes plenty of specters. If you tend to get, shall we say, paranoid, we wouldn’t recommend visiting the nearby Buckskin Cemetery after dark, as it features in the town’s most famous ghost story.
By day, the town is a lovely and popular destination for mountain hikers and a low-key base for skiing nearby Breckenridge. The description of this home says that you’ll “never miss a powder day again.”
2. Leadville, CO
Elevation: 10,152 feet
Address: 1 Highway 24
Specs: 28 acres
Price: $ 94,500
Ah, nothing like some open land to call your own. Who could say “no” to that expanse of blue sky? This pristine parcel in Leadville is clearly being marketed to buyers who want to build their own slice of paradise. As the listing says, “Your new ranch home will be within 30 minutes to fine dining and river fun in Buena Vista and an hour to world class ski resorts!” Or, you could go against the grain and build a tiny house.
Note: The land borders Bureau of Land Management territory. While this means you won’t be getting any McMansions next door, it also means you’d better check which way the wind is blowing before you light up a spliff. The BLM is an agency of the federal government, which still considers marijuana illegal.
3. Brian Head, UT
Elevation: 9,800 feet
Address: 247 N. Sunrise Circle
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,480 sq. ft.
Price: $ 799,000
Brian Head calls itself the “highest resort town in America,” and this stylish home sits atop it all. In these parts, a 4,480-square-foot structure apparently counts as a “cabin”—a cabin with a three-car garage and guest quarters. Furnishings are included, which is good because those couches look like a great place to sink in and not get up for several hours—unless it’s to rustle up a snack in the gourmet kitchen.
4. Breckenridge, CO
Elevation: 9,600 feet
Address: 1066 Estates Dr.
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 8,794 sq. ft.
Price: $ 3,200,000
A bit fancier as Colorado mountain towns go, Breckenridge is home to one of the top ski resorts in the nation. This sprawling estate offers access to golfing and horseback riding, as well. But if you’re inclined to be more chill, you might kick back with some friends for a movie in the full-on home theater. “Harold & Kumar,” anyone?
5. Alpine, AZ
Elevation: 8,050 feet
Address: 12 County Road 2082
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,700 square feet
Price: $ 540,000
The only town on the list that’s not in the Rockies, Alpine actually sits in the White Mountains. It’s known for its annual “Smoke on the Mountain” event, but don’t get excited for the wrong reason. It’s a chili cook-off.
This striking modern lodge is low-maintenance, according to the listing, so you can devote your energy to converting the detached shop with room for six cars into a practice space for your Grateful Dead cover band. Fire up the wood-burning stove in winter, and you’ll never have to scramble for a light.