Apr 4, 2024 - Culture

Colorado is not the most adventurous state in the nation

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Maroon Bells, Aspen Colorado in autumn color. Photo by Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Colorado's got nothing on Alaska when it comes to adventure, apparently.

State of play: Our home-state Outside magazine named the largest state in the nation as the most adventurous, not us.

Why it matters: Colorado's rep is at stake.

What they did: The ranking is compiled by crunching a bunch of data points, including public land acreage, number of parks, miles of trails, coastline and rivers, and counting ski areas.

What they found: Alaska topped the list, in large part because of its size with 307 million acres of public land, not to mention 6,640 miles of coastline.

  • Colorado ranked as the most adventurous state in the Mountain West region. We have 28 million acres of public land and 107,400 miles of rivers, as well as 46 state and national parks, and 39 ski areas.

The intrigue: Utah and Idaho nipped at our heels for the top regional spot. Other regional winners include California (West Coast), Arizona (Southwest) and Michigan (Midwest.)

What they're saying: "Let's be honest, Colorado just has a combo of weather and terrain that makes us all want to live there, or at the very least, visit often enough as to become a nuisance to the people who do," the magazine writes.


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