It's March 3 — celebrated in Colorado as 303 day.
And what better way to mark the occasion than to count down fifty reasons Colorado in the best state in the U.S. of A.
What follows is an updating of a post first published in 2014 (we also assembled top-fifty lists in 2011, 2012 and 2013). But surprisingly few changes were necessary — proof that the best stuff in Colorado is no passing fancy.
See what we mean below. And happy 303 day!
A bad day skiing still beats a good day working.
We can make beer out of just about anything.
Photo by Alex Fenlon
There's only one place in the word where you can find Champagne powder. And it's trademarked.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre doubles as the most gorgeous gym in the world during the day, when people run the steps or practice yoga.
Photo by Kate Levy
Casa Bonita still hasn't jumped off a cliff.
The Royal Gorge Bridge remains the most terrifying, acrophobic bridge-to-nowhere ever built.
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
And at night, Red Rocks will get you high with or without additional help.
Competition between dozens of ski areas means sweet multi-resort season-pass deals for Colorado skiers and snowboarders.
Our college mascots are the real thing: CU has a team to wrangle its buff, and CSU has an old lamb.
You don't have to worry about walking down the street with a small bag of herb in your pocket — and you don't have to stash it here, either.
Continue to keep counting down our 303 Day celebration of fifty reasons why Colorado is the best state.
We got lit a century ago, when Denver debuted the first outdoor Christmas tree.
You can trace the footsteps of dinosaurs both in the Morrison Fossil Area and at Dinosaur National Monument, most of which is in Colorado.
Our public art is full of bees and honey.
The Gunnison Sage Grouse, discovered in 2000 and officially listed as endangered in November 2014, was the first new bird species to be recognized in the USA in more than 100 years.
If you start early enough, you can summit two 14ers in one day without ever getting out of your car.
Just about every food store and restaurant has vegetarian options — something that's rarer in other states than you might expect.
Ovaries are respected here.
We're such a pet-friendly state that in a lot of places, water bowls for dogs practically outnumber water fountains for people.
Photo by Art Heffron
Our local musicians actually care about the music community here.
If it wasn't for a certain Colorado company, your iPhone would have been destroyed long ago.
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
Your favorite band probably plays here more than they do in their hometown.
Photo by Brandon Marshall
We have the meatiest "oysters" in the country.
The Broadmoor: the gold standard for high-country luxury.
Eighty degrees to snow in one day = random jacket sales at thrift stores!
There are even cool things in the suburbs here.
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
We've got some of the liveliest dead around.
Riding bikes isn't only about getting exercise.
With the new transit hub at Union Station, Uber service to DIA, expanding bike lanes (and B-Cycle availability) and pedicabs downtown, and commuter rail on the way, getting around the Denver metro area without a car is getting easier all the time.
Why bother with a Winter Olympics bid when nearly every major pro snowboarding and free-skiing competition is already held annually in Colorado?
Photo by Scott Lentz
Superheroes look a little different around here.
It's super-easy to tell how high you are here.
Choo-choos. As in the Georgetown Loop, the Royal Gorge Route, the Pikes Peak Cog, the Cumbres & Toltec, the Durango & Silverton — all great ways to see some of the best of the West.
We're laid back, but not so much as in California....
You can still have fun even when your favorite baseball team is getting its ass kicked.
There are so many transplants here that there's someone who can relate around just about every corner.
Photo by Danielle Lirette
Nearly a dozen geeky conventions come through the Mile High City every year.
In Colorado, being called a beer nerd is a compliment.
Colorado is the home of Rocky Mountain National Park, which doesn't look a day over 101.
We just keep coming up with new tourist attractions.
Glenwood Springs. Good enough for Doc Holliday's last days, and starring quite possibly the most popular, amenity-laden hot springs pool in the hemisphere.
We look really good in pink.
You can do any outdoor sport here, at a world-class level, as long as it doesn't require an ocean.
When we invite our friends over, they all show up.
There's no football team more super.
You're never very far from a bowl of green chile or a smothered burrito.
Around these parts, there's hockey inside and out.
Various Denver shows. Photos by Ken Hamblin, Eric Gruneisen and Brandon Marshall.
Denver has more live music venues than Austin.
Between our microbreweries and our dispensaries offering boutique cannabis strains, we are a state of intoxicant connoisseurs.
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