Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

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In 2011, we published a post counting down the fifty reasons Colorado is the best state. But that wasn't enough to express our affection for our home, so we followed up in 2012 with the fifty latest reasons why Colorado is the best state in the country. And still, we didn't cover everything. So now, continuing the tradition, we bring you the 2013 edition, with fifty new reasons, illustrated with photos and videos and lovingly assembled by the Westword staff. Look below to remind yourself why you live here -- and to let everyone else know why we love it so much.

50. Colorado's welcome signs are better than your state's welcome signs.

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49. We have the second-most craft breweries of any state, behind only California -- and ours are better.

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48. The Denver Zoo's elephant exhibit is too big to fit into a trunk.

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47. Want proof of Denver roller derby's badassery? Five members of the Denver Roller Dolls will be part of Team USA for the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup.

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46. Denver's booming comedy scene is nothing to laugh at. Wait: Actually, it is.

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45. When it comes to politics, being purple is a lot more interesting than being either red or blue.

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44. Is there a better name for an institution of higher learning than the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics?

43. Crocs may seem kinda corny, but we love them anyhow.

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42. We've got some of the liveliest zombies around.

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41. The Ouray Hot Springs

Continue to keep counting down the fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition.


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Kevin Parker
Kevin Parker

I think the demon horse of dia needs to go. not a selling point for CO

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

I think that was either the cheap "craft" piss you spilled on your hardwood floor or you had a major accident after consuming said "craft" swill.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Right, because those things clearly don't exist in Cali or Texas. Derp!

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Very much similar to the knee-jerk replies made by a many butthurt Lamebook commenters.

Evan Conroy
Evan Conroy

Stop telling people! Too many keep coming.

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

I only have one complaint. The puddles they call lakes here. But then I burn one and don't care.

Jim Reed
Jim Reed

Uh Louis, maybe this is something that we need to keep quiet about as in no more KaliforniaTexans migrating here. Let's just post stuff about floods, fires, etc.

Byron Day
Byron Day

Beer. I can't forget the beer.

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Plus the topic makes for a Westword post that can be reposted ad nauseum when you've got nothing else.

Byron Day
Byron Day

It's not Alabama. Oh, and mountains. Always mountains.

Brian Terhorst
Brian Terhorst

gotta be one of the coolest places on the planet

Peter Sullivan
Peter Sullivan

Gonna see Tesla the Band this Saturday at talking stick casino. I have seen Tesla at the Rocks numerous times in the past.. Before unplugged, you had Tesla acoustics bouncing off with amazing sound..

Toni Russell
Toni Russell

Its magical to hear music there..period..

Jenn Smull
Jenn Smull

Wasn't Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre voted the #1 concert venue in the country recently?

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Colorado used to be the best state in the union - it's fallen on hard times now. Why else would the northern counties want to pull out?

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

All part of a series I refer to as The Gentrification Chronicles.

Shelly Doss
Shelly Doss

There is some sort of bizarre creative vortex here... I have never met so many creative people anywhere else in the country... it's awesome!

Karl Chwe
Karl Chwe

Other states educate our people before they move here! Stupid states. :-D

Lindsay Allen
Lindsay Allen

LOW TAXES (coming from a New Yorker!), beautiful scenery, really good Mexican food (again, coming from a New Yorker), jobs and economic prosperity...

Joseph Eskew
Joseph Eskew

I like the way the Denver City Council kicks the shit out of the homeless, taking away their blankets and cardboard boxes. But I really like the way the Westword supports these actions through their lounging around on the couch of indifference and apathy. Good job!

Suzy Lewis
Suzy Lewis

Cuz we don't need to make lists to justify our awesomeness. Oh wait.

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

What the hell is so special about the poultry here? They're mostly rail thin and appear way past their expiration date.

marbon902
marbon902

@Mark Lewis Because they can't even get their way with elections!

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