Here are 20 things Coloradans know to be true:
Hills are hills, mountains are mountains
Some states claim to have mountains, but Coloradans know they’re just glorified hills
Not everyone lives in the mountains.
Coloradans know that only the lucky few can live and work in the mountains. Many mountain homes are second homes and not primary residences.
It doesn’t snow all the time, but it does snow in the springtime
The calendar may say spring, but Coloradans know that doesn’t mean winter is over. Snow on the Front Range is infrequent, but most of it happens in March.
No matter how cold it is, Coloradans are still down for some iced coffee or ice cream, just add another blanket.
Construction is a constant reality
Especially since the population began growing quickly, Coloradans know that it’s not a matter of when construction ends but where it will happen next.
Red Rocks is the best place to see a concert
It’s known worldwide as one of the greatest concert venues in the world, and Coloradan music lovers rarely miss an opportunity to see a Red Rocks show.
It’s 60 today with a chance of snow
The weather in Colorado is fickle, and Coloradans understand that a sunny morning doesn’t mean you can leave your winter coat at home.
It’s almost impossible to get lost on the Front Range
When you’re on the Front Range the mountains are to your west and Coloradans will use them as a point of reference when giving directions.
Halloween costumes are planned around outwear
Fall weather is unpredictable, and Halloween costume needs to work with a jacket in the event of a snowstorm or below freezing temperatures.
The sunsets and sunrises are some of the best in the world
Coloradans know that their state is home to sunsets that will take anyone’s breath away. Sunrises are magnificent too, but the sunset over the mountains takes the cake.
Mountain is pronounced without a “t”
People who grew up in Colorado aren’t phased by the placement of the letter “t” in the word mountain and rarely pronounce a hard “t” sound.
There are more sunny days than in Hawaii
Colorado boasts over 300 days of sunshine, and while no one knows how this is measured, Coloradans are definitely accustomed to seeing the sun almost every day.
The outdoors are the most popular attraction
While Denver and the surrounding areas boast some excellent restaurants and activities, the real attraction for Coloradans is anything outdoors.
A day trip to a mountain town is a regular weekend activity
Living on the Front Range means that the mountains are easily accessible and day trips to explore small towns aren’t uncommon.
Denver’s amusement park is Elitch’s not Six Flags
Elitch’s has been in the hands of many people, including Six Flags, but Coloradans who grew up here know that it will always be Elitch’s no matter who owns it.
Restaurant beer lists are longer than wine lists
Coloradans expect a good beer selection and even at fine dining establishments expect the list of beers on tap to be at least as long as the wine list and primarily local.
Coors Field isn’t just about baseball
Coloradans living on the Front Range know that a trip to Coors field isn’t just a chance to see the Rockies play, it’s a chance to see one of the best views in the city, especially at sunset.
Altitude is real
Coloradans may make fun of out of towners for struggling with the altitude, but they also know it’s a real thing and that the primary way to fight altitude sickness is water.
Not everyone here is a cowboy
While Colorado was once the heart of the Wild West, it’s now home to a wide variety of true Coloradans who don’t all wear cowboy hats.
Summer rainstorms are expected and are no big deal
Coloradans who have spent at least a few summers here know that intense thunderstorms are frequent on summer afternoons and that they’ll pass quickly.
Most importantly, Coloradans and anyone who’s lived here for a few years all know that Colorado is one of the best places in the country to live, work and play.