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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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Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

No...it's you "natives" who never have heard of a turn signal or properly use the merge lane.....just like those loudmouth douchebags from the east coast.

Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

Lo es pronunciado, "Coh-loh-ra-do,"pinche gabacho.

Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

You can help to alleviate the problem by going back to "milking" your cows back in Whis-CAHN-SEEN, you miserly old feeb.

Mike Goldsmith
Mike Goldsmith

Im not from California, go back to your own country.

Desiree Knight
Desiree Knight

Every American has the right to the pursuit of happiness buddy

Jenni Lilly
Jenni Lilly

Who cares its home. Except if you have a pitbull cant be in Denver which is shit.. Ignorance and genocide of a breed....

Jenni Lilly
Jenni Lilly

Garden of the gods the great dunes st marys glacier, and it dont matter. We are all colorado no matter if you arent from here

Sumibraxis Dei
Sumibraxis Dei

It must be.... every fucking person in the state is from either California, or Texas, as they've flocked to Colorado turning it into the worst state to drive in, and Colorado has every refugee in the country it seems

Ninetynine Seeds
Ninetynine Seeds

All the transplants neef to ho back to where they came ftom so i can move to my home. .Arizona is cheap yes but its not my home too much can be just as depressing.

Isaac Loya
Isaac Loya

Stop advertising Colorado! I don't like the traffic problem that's been getting worse!

Ninetynine Seeds
Ninetynine Seeds

Not the rents..better yet mention the ridiculous rents snd how expensive the cost of living REALLY is..

Pancho Garcia
Pancho Garcia

Stop telling everyone! We have enough Michiganers, Nebraskans, Iowans and the rest of those clowns from sucky states!

James Lucero
James Lucero

This state sucks, don't come here... EVER!!!

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

Please dont post anything good about Colorado. Its become way to crowded and getting expensive.

Chad Westall
Chad Westall

Black Cannon of the Gunnison - like a mini Grand Canyon that you can hike down and up in a day and fish when down there.

Stephanie Apodaca
Stephanie Apodaca

Just sold my home in the Highlands for a quiet townhouse in Littleton. Living in North Denver (Highlands) became madness!

Melissa Rabe
Melissa Rabe

Naomi Wolinsky, RUDE! How long has it been since you moved here?

Desiree Knight
Desiree Knight

I don't know why everyone is hating. Yes i am not a native. But Colorado is beautiful and everyone deserves to experience something beautiful in their lives. Yes some people may come here for the wrong reasons but those people will be filtered out. All big cities are attractive to newcomers who want to experience something fresh and exciting

Jay DC
Jay DC

inlcude that pots legal here, in other words were the best state ever

Jay DC
Jay DC

stfu you just cant handle em

Che Weller
Che Weller

Change that welcome sign to, "welcome to fearful of edibles Colorado"

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Oh and for all you tourist and transplants it is pronounced coloRADo not colorODDo.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Awesome pedicab business! Reasonable regulation allows for fun filled adventures all over the city. The rates are fair and the riders are the best in the world. Who wants to challenge that statement, Austin? Pssssh

Blessed Mike
Blessed Mike

Why because we have more barn yard activities then any other state. And we are the most anorexic state ?

Dustin Bova
Dustin Bova

Ya no doubt! I wish I could convince my wife to move to British Columbia or some other place in Canada, but all our family is here.

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

I do wonder where people will go next as we're running out of places.

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