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Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

In 2011, we published a post counting down the fifty reasons Colorado is the best state. But that wasn't enough to express our affection for our home, so we followed up in 2012 with the fifty latest reasons why Colorado is the best state in the country. And still, we didn't cover everything. So now, continuing the tradition, we bring you the 2013 edition, with fifty new reasons, illustrated with photos and videos and lovingly assembled by the Westword staff. Look below to remind yourself why you live here -- and to let everyone else know why we love it so much.50. Colorado's welcome signs are better than your state's welcome signs.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

49. We have the second-most craft breweries of any state, behind only California -- and ours are better.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

48. The Denver Zoo's elephant exhibit is too big to fit into a trunk.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

47. Want proof of Denver roller derby's badassery? Five members of the Denver Roller Dolls will be part of Team USA for the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

46. Denver's booming comedy scene is nothing to laugh at. Wait: Actually, it is.

45. When it comes to politics, being purple is a lot more interesting than being either red or blue.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

44. Is there a better name for an institution of higher learning than the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics?

43. Crocs may seem kinda corny, but we love them anyhow.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition

42. We've got some of the liveliest zombies around.

Fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition
Photo by Brandon Marshall

41. The Ouray Hot Springs

Continue to keep counting down the fifty reasons Colorado is the best state in the country, 2013 edition.



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