You're enjoying the successful life you've built. You're thinking it's time for that second home you've always dreamed about.
Someplace active. Someplace picturesque. Someplace with things to do and places to go.
Someplace like Colorado.
We put together a list of eight reasons you should move to Colorado. It wasn't easy--there are so many reasons, it was hard to narrow the list to just eight!
Read through our list, then feel free to add to it. How many reasons can you think of?
Parks and Forests
Add to this the 42 state parks and more than 300 state wildlife areas managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and you begin to appreciate why so many nature-lovers move to Colorado.
From hiking to camping to bird watching, you can do it all here.
Thermal Hot Springs
Unwind and soak away your troubles in one of Colorado's hot springs. If you want to be pampered, full-service resorts and family-friendly lodges are the way to go.
In the mood for seclusion? There are small primitive hideaways where you and your friends can gather. This is nature at its rawest--there is no lodging or other amenities and you may have to hike to get there. It's just you and the springs, but it's well worth the trip.
Did you know that Colorado sees approximately 20 percent of U.S. skier visits annually? Its 23 world-class ski resorts are gateways to almost 30,000 acres of skiing.
And Colorado is a great place to go skiing with your kids! The resorts are family-friendly, and most of them have great deals on family passes.
Colorado is a perfect place for an active lifestyle--all year. Everyone knows about skiing and snowboarding in the winter. But summer and fall are perfect for activities like mountain biking, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and climbing.
If you're a foodie, you've got to know that there's a food or wine festival somewhere in Colorado every weekend from June through the end of September!
And let's not forget golf! The key thing to remember when playing golf in Colorado is altitude! The ball flies much farther here, so you will need to adjust your swing to compensate.
"Top Ten" (or 25 or 100) lists abound, but the PGA has a complete listing by city, with detailed descriptions, cost, and contact information.
Professional and College Sports
Did you know that based on population, Denver is the smallest city in the U.S. with four major professional sports teams?
And these teams frequently dominate their sports. The Denver Broncos are three-time World Champions. The Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche are regular playoff contenders. The Colorado Rockies were 2007 National League Champions, and players are frequently honored with individual awards like the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove.
College sports fans also love Colorado. Whether they follow football, basketball, hockey, or other intramural sports, there are plenty of teams to root for:
- University of Colorado Buffaloes - Boulder
- Colorado State University Rams - Fort Collins
- University of Denver Pioneers - Denver
- United States Air Force Academy Falcons - Colorado Springs
- The University of Northern Colorado Bears - Greeley
If speed is what you need, the Colorado National Speedway in Dacono is the place to be!
It's the only NASCAR track in the state, and it also hosts family-friendly events like the Father's Day Super Sunday Monster Trucks show.
Drag racing fans spend their weekends at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. This NHRA-sanctioned track hosts over 125 events from April through September. Bandimere also hosts the NHRA Junior Street Youth Racing Program for 13- to 16-year-olds.
Art and Theater
With over 150 art galleries throughout the state, Colorado has one of the most unique art communities in the U.S. There are small mountain towns with gallery-lined streets, and art districts in Denver. There are also art walks of every size, for every taste, on almost every night of the week.
There are more than 80 theater companies throughout Colorado, with performances ranging from Broadway shows to summer stock. There are also several children's theater companies that offer classes and performances for children.
One of the most stunningly beautiful performance venues in the country is Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.
Red Rocks offers live concerts and movies, Yoga on the Rocks, and a number of outdoor recreation activities. The 30,000-square-foot Visitor Center is the perfect location for meetings, conferences, or weddings.
When you move to Colorado you can start checking things off your "bucket list." Here is a sampling of once-in-a-lifetime activities you can only do in Colorado:
- Watch a sunrise from the Fire Lookout Tower on Devil's Head Trail.
- Sled, ski, board, or camp at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
- Take your family to the Lantern Fest.
- Visit Mesa Verde.
- Stand with one foot on either side of the Continental Divide on Monarch Pass.
- Go rockhounding for geodes and other stones
- Take a self-guided tour of St. Elmo, the most haunted ghost town in Colorado.
- Get wild and weird at Frozen Dead Guy Days.
- Zipline the Royal Gorge near Cañon City.
Ready to Plan Your Move to Colorado?
We're here to help!
We have access to all the information you need to find your perfect home. Whether you want new construction or an existing home, we can help you find it.
Our focus is mountain living communities, particularly in Summit and Grand Counties just west of Denver. With a total of 22 unique towns and dozens of available listings, we know there is a place you can call home.
When you're ready to plan your move to Colorado, let us know. We'll be happy to answer all your questions. We'll meet with you and show you some of the amazing properties available in our communities.
We can't wait to hear from you!
By Coldwell Banker