10 Things You Better Know About Colorado Before You Move There

Updated on April 16, 2020
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Madeleine Clays lived and worked in Colorado for many years.

Are you planning a move to Colorado?

I lived in Colorado for many years. In many ways, I loved living there and there are certain aspects of Colorado I miss and probably always will. That said, living in Colorado has challenges you should be aware of before you make the big move.

Colorado is a beautiful state, but there are challenges to be aware of before you move there.
Colorado is a beautiful state, but there are challenges to be aware of before you move there. | Source

1. The Icy Roads

Auto repair shops are always in business in Colorado. As are auto insurance companies. They make a ton of money off of the many auto collisions as a result of the very poor winter driving conditions there. Black ice on hilly roads are a recipe for disaster. Even if you know how to drive in these conditions, you're at the mercy of many drivers who don't. Local news reporters seem to brag—with a smile—about the many auto accidents that occur throughout the city when it snows. This was perplexing to me while I lived there. I still haven’t figured it out.

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2. Sun Glare

The high altitude in Colorado makes sun glare a common occurrence. It’s pretty scary when you’re on your way to work in the morning and suddenly can’t see the car in front of you because of sun glare. If this happens on icy roads, it’s a double whammy. But it’s not uncommon in Colorado, and there’s really no way around it. Polarized sunglasses can help some. The best thing to do is to make it a habit to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and to slow down or pull over when you're sun blinded—if you have any visibility, that is. Good luck.

It can be hard to sleep in Colorado without a humidifier.
It can be hard to sleep in Colorado without a humidifier. | Source

3. The Dryness

Dry skin, dry hair, dry eyes, dry lips, dry nails, and dry nose which causes nose bleeds. You really have to go the extra mile to keep yourself hydrated in Colorado. Because of the dry climate, many people need a humidifier to help them sleep at night. Oh, I don't miss the humidifier. I used to have a sore back just from filling the darn thing every night before going to bed. There’s a way around this, actually. Some people connect a humidifier to their HVAC system. It’s still a pain in the buttocks if you ask me.

4. Dogs Off Leash

Everyone seems to have a dog in Colorado. And they really like to have them off their leash outdoors. You have to be on guard constantly when you walk your pup, especially if you have a smaller breed. I adopted a shelter mutt who was terrified of dogs. After extensive training, he was able to conquer his fear…until dogs off leash started running right at us while we were out on walks. Each time this happened, it was a huge setback in all the gains my little guy had made in getting along with other canines. Yet it happens regularly in public areas where by law in Colorado, owners are supposed to keep their dogs on leash. Well, they don't.

I honestly don't care if I never see another tamale again in my life.
I honestly don't care if I never see another tamale again in my life. | Source

5. Mexican Food

Before moving to Colorado, I was impartial to Mexican food. When I moved there, I immediately noticed it was everywhere and more than likely the food of choice when eating out with friends or coworkers. As they say, you acquire a taste for it whether you want to or not, because it's so much a part of the Colorado culture. I went from tolerating it to liking it to loving it to being sick of it. Let’s just say I missed a good New York style pizza and Philly cheesesteak.

6. Lack of Ethnic Diversity

Everyone is white in Colorado. Well, almost. Thank God for the Mexican population to keep things in balance. Not really. Caucasians and Mexicans are the predominant races out there. While living in Colorado, I missed black people. I missed Asian people. I used to get excited when I saw somebody other than white or Mexican in a grocery store. I wanted to hug them. Living in Colorado, it’s easy to forget there are races in our world other than Caucasian and Mexican.

Weed. It's everywhere in Colorado.
Weed. It's everywhere in Colorado. | Source

7. Weed

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, which means people smoke it a lot. Many out-of-staters have moved there for it. There are actually cannabis shops all over the state where cookies and other food items containing marijuana are sold. The problem is children and pets get a hold of them and end up in the emergency room. Also, people drive high on weed and there’s really no way to avoid them. Welcome to progressive Colorado.

Got tattoos?
Got tattoos? | Source

8. Tattoos

Living in Colorado, I almost forgot what skin looked like on people. There are tattoo shops all over town and everyone has tattoos of every design imaginable. Even people you don’t think have them surprise you when they roll up their sleeves. Nothing wrong with tattoos, you say. Yep, nothing. I just missed seeing skin on people, that's all.

9. Bad Haircuts

I used to find good hair stylists by asking people with great haircuts for referrals. That worked for me before I moved to Colorado. Be ready to wait a long time there before you find someone with a really good cut. Unless you live in Denver where people are more hair conscious. Generally, the farther you are from Denver, the harder it is to find a good stylist. No doubt the bipolar Colorado climate and crazy strong winds have a lot to do with it. Most people just throw a hat on. Or don't.

Be prepared for a few or more hail dents on your vehicle when you live in Colorado.
Be prepared for a few or more hail dents on your vehicle when you live in Colorado. | Source

10. Hail Storms

They happen sporadically, in any season, and the hail can be the size of golf balls. One summer I had over $2000 of hail damage on my car after two hail storms within a few weeks of one another. It’s a good thing to have a garage in Colorado or at least a carport. Even so, you never know when a hail storm will hit you. It could be while you’re on the highway or while your vehicle is parked at work. You definitely also want good auto insurance out there to address the damage when your car gets dinged by hail.

So there you have it. Those are the ten things to know about Colorado before you move there. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

As I Was Saying...

© 2017 Madeleine Clays


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