Colorado is a stunning state with so much to offer. Whether you’re passing through or planning to stay here for a while, you will definitely fall in love with this beautiful state. My first time in Colorado, I had no clue how I would ever be able to leave it!

There are definitely more than 10 reasons to visit Colorado but these are my favorite parts about it! There is something for everyone here, making it a great place to call home!

1. The beautiful Rocky Mountains

Everyone knows Colorado for its Rocky Mountains and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. From the very first time I saw them, I was completely in awe. They are even bigger and more beautiful than pictures could ever show.

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2. There are lakes EVERYWHERE!

It seems everywhere you look there is a gorgeous lake. These lakes are perfect for fishing, taking out a boat, kayaking, or just laying by the water on a beach. Now that I live so close to all of these lakes, I can’t imagine how I ever did without them! They definitely make going for a walk much more enjoyable!

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3. Everyone encourages you to be active here

With all of the beautiful scenery around to explore how could you not get out there? I have definitely noticed the urge to go on walks around a lake, up into the mountains to hike a waterfall, or hit the slopes for a day of skiing. It’s awesome to feel this sense of adventure and I know the beautiful state of Colorado has encouraged this.

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4. There is amazing skiing

Speaking of skiing…Colorado has some of the best skiing in the U.S. The slopes are beautiful and there are runs for every level of skier or snowboarder. I was also very impressed at some of their bundle deals! One even included your skis/snowboard rental, a helmet, all of your snow gear (gloves, heavy coat, snow pants boots, etc.) , AND a lift ticket for a pretty affordable price.

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5. The awesome wildlife

One of my favorite things about this beautiful state is the incredible wildlife you encounter as you explore Colorado. Maybe there is some extra excitement for me since I grew up on the East Coast but driving through Estes Park and seeing the big horned sheep scaling a sheer cliff, elk grazing in a field, or a moose and her baby casually walking across a field is breathtaking. I will never forget the time I crested a mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park to see hundreds of elk grazing in a field in front of me or the time I walked out the back door of a rental condo in Estes and found myself less than 10 feet away from a bull elk grazing in front of me. I’ve always loved the great outdoors but the amount of wildlife I’ve seen so far is just incredible to me!

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6. SO MUCH SUN

Need I say more? I can’t even begin to tell you the number of sunny days we have in Colorado. In fact, there have been over twice as many days that have been beautiful sunny days! Now that I can get on board with! Just make sure you are wearing plenty of sunscreen because here 70 degrees feels more like 80 to 85 PA temperatures. The sun is super intense so be prepared!

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7. Pretty warm winters

Colorado and warm winters? Did someone really just put those two words together? Yes, I did. It was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, sometimes even 80, multiple times from December to March, something I thought only happened down South. I wouldn’t have believed it if someone tried to tell me before I moved here. Coming from the frigid Pennsylvania winters, I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, how many people can say it was warm enough to grill out in February?

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8. All different terrains

Colorado has a little bit of everything! Colorado is home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which every knows well. I think most people are surprised when they get out here that the majority of Colorado isn’t mountainous. In fact, it’s mostly flat. There are areas that are desertlike, lots of fields for crops, and even some bright red plateaus that make you think you’ve crossed into another state. I love the variety that Colorado has to offer, allowing you to choose the scenery that fits your personality best!

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9. Geothermal activity

Yes, I know.. I’m a nerd. I love the geothermal activity here. There are so many different hot springs in the area, which is AWESOME!! So far, we went to Indian Hot Springs, a place that puts the hot spring water into a hot tub with lots of cold water to make it barely bearable to sit in during the winter. It was so neat to know that you were hanging out in something so natural. I can’t wait to go see some more natural hot springs in Colorado in the future.

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10. Snow usually doesn’t stick around

So this is a double edged sword. I love the beauty of snow, but I don’t like dealing with it on the roads or on my truck. The great thing about Colorado is that the snow melts so quickly (if you don’t live in the mountains). I mean usually in like 1-2 days it’s gone even if we got almost 1 foot of snow. That sounds ridiculous right? Well, don’t forget we live almost 1 mile above sea level, meaning we are 1 mile closer to the sun. On that note, please don’t forget sunscreen on even mildly warm days, especially if you’re fair skinned like me.

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I fell in love with Colorado in one day. Over the last year of living here, I have grown even fonder of its beauty and everything it has to offer. I love this state and I’m proud to call it home. Make sure you tag us in any pictures on Instagram if you visit Colorado! What are your favorite things about Colorado?

10 Reasons to Visit Colorado