How could you leave the Rocky Mountains behind? Colorado has some of the best views in the country. Just look out your window, and you may have a great view of these majestic mountains in all their glory.
However, these mountains aren’t just for looking at. Colorado has forty-two state parks, four national parks, eleven national forests, eight national wildlife refuges, and two national grasslands. When you live here, there’s always something to do outside. In the winter, there’s skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. In the other four seasons, you have whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing.
Chances are, if you leave the state, you won’t find a place with this kind of outdoors access. The mountains are vast-no matter how much you’ve explored them, there’s still more trails to hike and streams to fish. Move locally so you can keep exploring.
Colorado has 235 craft breweries, which is much higher than the average for a state in the United States. According to the Brewers Association, Colorado comes in:
- Second nationally for gallons of beer produced per adult (ages 21 and up)
Third nationally for breweries per capita
Third nationally for barrels of craft beer produced per capita
If you love your beer interesting and varied, you might want to stay local.
The Broncos are one of the best football teams in the nation, and if you’re like most of Colorado, you’re a big fan. If you leave the state, you’ll be missing the chance to watch games and go to tailgating parties with fellow fans. Or maybe you haven’t had the chance to go to a home game yet stay local, and don’t miss that opportunity.
Maybe sports isn’t your thing-you don’t like going outdoors, and watching the Broncos is boring at best. That’s okay too. If science fiction and fantasy is more your style, you have plenty of like-minded people living around you right now.
A 2014 study named Colorado the nation’s fifth nerdiest state. Coloradans are very into Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, comic books, cosplaying, and playing Magic: The Gathering. Your local game group or sci-fi club will miss you if you move too far.
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the best of its kind in the country. It’s a huge venue carved out of the rock itself, surrounded by spectacular Colorado scenery. Concerts play here just about every night in the summer. If you have seen a concert here, it’s probably a treasured memory. If you haven’t been yet, you really should go. Move within Colorado so you can still be close enough to go to a show here.