Maybe Colorado just likes its elevation. Maybe we can't get enough of our views. Whatever the reason, we also like to use our space wisely -- including the rooftops.
You might be surprised by how many different ways and places there are to enjoy the tip-top of the state. Here are our favorite nine rooftops in Colorado.
The Warwick Hotel in Denver just renovated its rooftop pool, perched on the top floor. The heated pool is open year-round and features a pool bar (complete with meals from Randolph's Restaurant), so you can spend a whole summer day here in the Colorado sunshine.
The drinks here are top-notch, and the food will surprise you, too. But what makes WTF's rooftop bar our favorite is its expansive size and its direct view of the sky above the baseball field. So when the Rockies light off a celebratory fireworks display, you feel like you're in the middle of the action -- without the crowd and overpriced hot dogs.
Flame Restaurant at Denver's Art Hotel has a sophisticated rooftop with a different feel. It's rare to find hotels with balconies in this part of town, so you don't often get to lean out over downtown and experience it like a bird, unobstructed.
Flame offers cozy, private little nooks along the edge of its rooftop where you can cuddle up next to a personal fire pit and indulge in Flame's incredible spicy margs.
If you want to catch the game and also catch some sun, Jackson's is the place to go. This sports bar claims to be the biggest in downtown, with 40 TVs, and its newly renovated rooftop provides some fresh air and a party-like atmosphere. In the summer, you might catch swimsuit contests and dancing here.
Mesa Verde National Park is a traveler's must-do in Colorado, and the park's Metate Room restaurant is the best place to eat. Make sure you snag one of the few tables on the private rooftop, so you can enjoy a quality meal while the sun sets. The views here are like nowhere else in Colorado. They seem to go on forever, hence the name of the nearby hotel: the Far View Lodge.
Colorado's gambling community is also home to a fantastic rooftop pool. The Ameristar in Black Hawk is not only the casino town's only hotel swimming pool, but it's also the only area pool located on the top floor.
It's not open air -- it's surrounded by a movable glass wall -- which allows for access, even in the coldest months, without sacrificing the view.
Ameristar also offers guests indoor and outdoor hot tubs on the roof.
The swimming pool and hot tub (with a waterfall) at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek is not exactly on the rooftop, in that it's accessible on the same level as the fitness center and isn't on a roof, per se. But this water perches high above the luxurious ski town of Beaver Creek with views that go on as far as you can see. You may as well be on a roof -- or more accurately, on a cloud.
Linger is a Denver favorite for meals, cocktails and brunch. Add to that list views. Linger's rooftop deck serves up a unique view of the busy city. It's partially obstructed by an old sign and some construction, but that doesn't take away from the quirkiness. Did we mention Linger has transformed an RV into a full bar? The name stands: You'll want to stay a while.
Here's a surprise for many visitors: There's actually a desk on top of Coors Field. Technically, you might not call this a rooftop, as the baseball field itself has no roof. But what you get instead is a fantastic hangout space in place of the once-nosebleed seats. Today, you can enjoy craft beer and food above the field. Suddenly those high-up seats are looking a lot more appealing.