Mountains, plains, sand dunes, hot springs, ancient cliff dwellings, and sunshine—so much sunshine—create a beautiful place to live or visit. The Rocky Mountains dominate the western half of the state while plains stretch along the eastern half. The towns and mountains glitter with the flash of gold Aspen leaves shaking in the fall and sparkle under the sunlit snow in the winter. In spring and summer vibrant wild flowers decorate the mountain valleys. 

Regardless of the season outdoor activities and sports await. From art and music festivals to ski slopes and gorgeous public parks Coloradoans and visitors enjoy this sunny friendly state. Cyclists will find bike lanes everywhere, Colorado is a bike-friendly state. Casual hikers can stroll around beautiful mountain lakes while extreme hikers have over fifty 14ers (mountain peaks at least 14,000 feet high) to chose from. Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs scattered throughout the foothills and mountains.

Colorado even boasts a dramatic prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde. The Ancient Puebloan peoples carved rock homes from the canyon walls beginning in the late 1190’s and lived there for about 100 years. 

For an unusual adventure explore Colorado’s sand dunes. At the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve try sandboarding or sand sledding, and even camp near the dunes.

You will see the Colorado flag everywhere you go. An incredible number of people sport Colorado flag hats, t-shirts, and jackets, and these are locals, not tourists! Of course you’ll see people wearing professional and college sports team items, but you will see as many if not more Colorado flags. Coloradoans love their state.

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC
Joe is the Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center and has been helping achieve lifelong sobriety incorporating biochemical restoration and holistic addiction treatment for over 30 years.