Top 5 things I love about Colorado

Between freelance writing and blogging I bounce between fun topics like Colorado travel, and not so fun topics like cancer. Sometimes I get severe writer’s block, and this week I found my writing brain seriously obstructed.

So I opted to write a top 5 list and share the reasons I love Colorado – this blog post nearly wrote itself.

Please feel free to comment & let me know why YOU love Colorado.

1.  Sunshine

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, which means I never take for granted Colorado’s 300 plus days of sunshine every year.   The brightness of the sun makes Coloradans happy and active.

Sunset in the Rockies
Sunset in the Colorado Rockies. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

2.  Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are the biggest gems in Colorado’s crown. They provide a never ending list of recreational activities, offer up towns full of character and history, and provide a beautiful backdrop to the Front Range.

Bronco game
Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved

3.  Sports

Colorado is a sports-lovers dream. From professional teams in every major sport to kayaking, rock climbing and cycling, this state is full of enthusiastic fans of sports, as well as athletes of every kind. The best part, in my opinion, is that no matter where you travel in Colorado, you can always find a place to watch the Broncos with fellow supporters.

Great Sand Dunes
Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

4.  State & National Park System

Colorado has 42 state parks with 4,376 campsites. The state is also home to four national parks, including Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. What I love about our national parks is that each is unique and offers different landscapes and activities.

Xena hiding from the rain
Our dog hiding from the rain on a hike in the Comanche Wilderness. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

5.  Dogs

I haven’t done any scientific research on this topic, but I think Colorado is one of the most dog-friendly states in the union. It’s not unusual for Coloradans to own several dogs, and they take them everywhere – from the sidewalks of Denver to the Rocky Mountain backcountry. As a lifelong dog person, I appreciate living in a dog-loving state.

So there you have it, the top five reasons I love Colorado.

Why do you love Colorado?

4 Comments


  1. Love the equal division of rural and urban. Can live one and visit the other 🙂

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  2. All the things you (and Steve) mentioned, plus the friendly people. Except sometimes when they are behind the wheel 🙂

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    1. Ha! Jenny, I totally agree. Colorado is full of red light runners. But when not behind the wheel, people here are pretty nice. 🙂

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  3. I love evrything about Colorado having about 300 days of sunlight a year. The after noon rain showers, al the activities you can do from Sking to hiking. Colorado is just a wonderful state.

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