Colorado is a beautiful state filled with amazing people and incredible sights. But through the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can forget how good we have it. Thankfully, there are many local Instagrammers that have made it their mission to showcase the very best of our state, whether it’s through an adorable puppy, a cold craft beer or some of our stunning scenery.
From neighborhood snapshots to trendsetters and photographers, these photos tell the story of our state as only the locals can. So give these amazing Instagrammers a follow and whenever you need a reminder of how great Colorado is—just scroll through your feed!
Let’s kick this list off with a classic—a photo of the iconic “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign. Whether you’re coming home from a long road trip or just starting a Colorado adventure, this sign never fails to incite a few smiles.
Into the Wild
Overcast day? Red Rocks can make any type of weather feel more vibrant and alive—that’s why it’s one of our favorite hiking spots! No matter what time of year you visit, it’s always a beautiful sight to behold.
This adorable pug is almost as excited as we are about the prospect of Bacon Social House bacon. Almost.
IPA For Days
There’s nothing like an ice-cold beer on a warm day and this one from Ska Brewing in Durango is one of the best.
Off-Road Camping Trips
This photo from @adventure_legends is making us nostalgic for all of our past camping trips—and excited for our future ones.
Rocky Mountain Wine and Bruschetta
If we’re honest, there’s nothing we love more than a good board and bottle deal. Luckily, Postino’s in Denver has a curbside pickup deal going on for just $25. Talk about value.
Norbert, AKA the world’s most adventurous cat, may just be the cutest thing we’ve ever seen.
There’s nothing more #Colorado than this stunning tent view in Breckenridge.
On an Adventure
Whether it’s your significant other, your best friend, fur baby or hiking partner, Colorado adventures are almost always more fun with a buddy.
Sure, Denver’s beer culture is famous the world over. But it’s really our thriving coffee culture that fuels our city.
Pearl Street Exploration
We can’t wait to spend hours walking, biking and meandering around Pearl Street in Boulder again.
Psst… if you haven’t taken a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train yet, you’ll want to put it on your bucket list ASAP. The yellow train offers some of the best views in all of Colorado and allows you to explore Silverton for a few hours while you’re at it.
Greetings from Denver, home of great beer, amazing murals and springtime snow.
The Reddest Rocks
The famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison is our favorite spot to see musicians and movies and to workout during the summer. And no matter the season, you’ll find the best sunrises all year long here.
If someone tells you that honey doesn’t belong on pizza, tell them to go away. You don’t need that type of negativity in your life.
Skiing = Life
Fresh powder, mountain views, cold wind in your face—there’s just something about an early morning on the slopes that makes us jump for joy.
Dinner at The Woods
Rocky Mountain High
The mountains, the crystal clear lake, picturesque reflections—we’re a little obsessed with this photo from @wheresfoogi taken in Boulder.
If you didn’t already know, Denver is home to a thriving art scene. Not only have we been deemed “street art capital of the world,” but we also have several amazing art districts full of art galleries, museums, performing arts venues and so much more. Check out our complete guide to the Denver art scene to learn more!
Dogs of Colorado
Forget Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, dogs may as well be our state’s official animal.
We Love You Denver
Denver is a city of lively, thriving people that can get through anything as long as we work together.
Food Hall Food Haul
One of our favorite things about The Mile High City is our many amazing food halls, and Zeppelin Station is one of the best (plus, you can order food from their many amazing restaurants on DoorDash!).
The Animas River
As we’ve previously mentioned, Durango is one of the prettiest spots in Colorado—featuring vibrant rivers, calico-colored rocks, rolling hills and mountains. You just can’t beat views like this!
Magic Colorado Castle
A visit to the majestic Ice Castles in Dillon is one of our favorite local winter activities!
Just name a prettier skyline than Denver’s. We’ll wait.
Because Colorado offers the best of both worlds—city life and rural landscapes—it’s not hard to find an unobstructed view of the stars around here. This particular shot, from @thehikingmermaid, is actually for sale. Visit her website to purchase it if you’re as in love with it as we are!
Elitch Gardens, located in the heart of downtown Denver, has been offering plenty of fun to locals since 1994. Memories of exploring the park and riding exciting rides never fail to bring a smile to our faces.
Sunsets in Steamboat Springs just hit a little differently. Maybe it’s the scenery, maybe it’s the elevation, or maybe it’s because everything’s a little more beautiful in Steamboat!
We love a good floral arrangement, especially when the flowers are Colorado-grown. These orange beauties hail from Timnath and were put together by Emily Rose Florals—one of the best florists in the state.
We know times are tough right now, but it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together and that things will get better eventually. If you ever need a reminder, just look to the Optiv building downtown, which glows with this positive message every night.
Share the love, Colorado!
If you have any favorite local Instagrammers or photos of our city, we’d love to see them. Tag us at @thedenverear or use #TheDenverEar!