Your Colorado Outdoor Living Moving Guide

Keep reading on to discover some of Colorado’s top spots, moving tips to the outdoor enthusiast state, and some interesting Colorado fun facts.

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Colorado

If you love the mountains, maybe you’re keen for the green plant that is elsewhere illegal, and just want to live a chilled out or even off grid lifestyle, Colorado is the state for you! Between ski opportunities, hiking trails, great schools and top concert halls in nature, CO really has it all for all ages and family stages.

Colorado Guide

Colorado is where thousands have decided to call home thanks to its more laid back vibes and great educational institutions.

With the hundreds of world class hiking trails, even if you only venture out to do one, you’ll still be in better shape than over half of the continental USA.

Colorado Stereotypes:

  • Outdoorsy people ONLY are welcome in CO
  • Craft beer from the local brewery or BUST
  • Your fleece and flannel show off your style, so choose wisely
  • Anti vax off grid hippies
  • As the 4th highest share of adult smokers, marijuana is totally legal here if you’re of age, so let the green times roll
  • Green chili is the best pizza topping there is. Period.

Colorado Community Tips

By following these small tips, you can make the most of your Colorado days whether you are long term moving to CO or just there on a short relocation journey.

  • Get involved in your local community events. You have gorgeous and active community culture in most places across the state, so take advantage of this. If you are a young mama, join the new parents clubs. If you are a dog owner, you can be ensured the the rest of the state is as well and would love to meet up at the dog park.
  • Weather changes are constant, so pack in layers. Have an extra fleece in your bag always, as the morning might start sunny, but when a small breeze blows through it gets cold! Waterproof jackets and shoes that are made for the rugged outdoors will be your best friend.
  • Budget for your area of Colorado. The housing and costs of living seem to drastically change between areas, so do your research ahead of time whether you are moving to Vail or Boulder.
  • The vibrant local culture is what makes CO so special, take advantage of it! Go to that expensive concert, and splurge on that night out or ski vacation. When you live in COlorado being so close to all of these amenities is a huge perk. Look for discount tickets, but be sure to take well advantage of what you have.
  •  Embrace that CO chilled out lifestyle! Sit back, crack open another craft beer, and enjoy the mountain air and view. The outdoorsy lifestyle leaves room for natural exploration and adventures with the whole family! Take advantage that nature is right in your backyard!

Colorado Moving Day Tips

  • Stay hydrated! Even though there might be a fresh crisp air, it doesn't mean you can't get easily dehydrated on a moving day. 
  • Pack an essentials bag and keep it in your car so it won’t get lost. Make sure all your critical documents and a change of clothes and sheets are inside for every family member. Don’t forget to include daily medicines here.
  • Relax and get excited for the journey! It can be stressful to move, but it is the start to your new adventure, so try to reframe it in your mind. With iMoving you will be set every step of the way
  • Book your mover ahead of time at Don’t fall prey to scammers and crappy Colorado movers that don’t know the roads. Only trust the best.
  • Make sure your furry friends moving with you feel comfortable and make them feel at home first by creating their food and water corner and setting up their bed. Take them for a walk to help them get to know their new area. 
  • Pack smartly, don't over stuff any carton, and put the heaviest items on the bottom. Make sure to label each and every box with not only the name of the room it is coming from but also the approximate contents. Label each side of the box clearly. When packing use plenty of bubble wrap and cartons to ensure nothing precious is left behind or gets broken.
  • Involve family and friends. Don’t feel alone! This is a rough time with many changes. Talk to your family to take the kids for a few hours or take care of your dog so that you can have some time and focus on packing up. 
  • Take deep breaths. Mindfulness and breathing is a critical part of moving like a pro. If you are stressed out you will stress out your family members' pets, and probably just create an unfriendly environment for everyone involved. Make sure you have that coffee in the morning and make things as simple on yourself as you possibly can during these changing times. Even if it means eating out all week during moving week, this is a small expense in exchange for your sanity and ability to pack up the kitchen.


We recommend booking your movers at least 2 or 3 months in advance. If you know your details then even before that can save money.

It may seem like a huge window of advanced notice, but it'll give you plenty of time to plan and prepare as well as getting your mover booked ahead of time ensures they will be available for you on the date you need.

If you provide a flexible enough moving window, you may end up getting some great discounts if the moving company sees this timing as down time with less jobs.

iMoving offers a wide range of car transport options to get your vehicle from point A to point B if you aren’t planning to drive it yourself.

You can only drive one car at a time, and you probably don't want to shove a bunch of moving boxes into your an expensive vehicle and up its kilometerage when possible to avoid.

Our auto transporters have you covered with this extra VIP service that can be simply booked on our platform. If this doesn’t work for you, try and find a car dealer that offers this service including insurance.

Moving can be stressful for all involved, but the more everyone feels like a decision maker, the more they will feel in control of their stress. Involve them in the small decisions such as decor and explore the neighborhood together.

The same goes for moving with a pet, taking them on many walks in the area, and positively associating the new house and neighborhood for them with treats and lots of love is a good start. This will take some stress off them.

This depends if you are looking to move during down season aka the winter months to save money, or looking to move when the weather is nice out and before the new school season starts. It all depends on your priorities and budget in order to best answer this question.

If you are moving with kids ensure to check out registration dates for schools and move ahead of time, as you’ll need a local address in order to register your kids for classes.

Start with having enough carton boxes on hand as well as plenty of rolls of tape and scissors for every member of the family planning to help.

Lots of bubble wrap on hand will keep things from breaking, as well as spare towels and sheets can be great for wrapping delicate items.

If you want to take your organization level up a notch, pack in plastic bins that can easily be stacked for storage in your new home’s garage.

Rachel Kaplan

Rachel has spent the last few years writing for moving companies while actually moving across the globe. After many years of moving between many states in the US, she moved abroad to try the remote work life. She’s a pro at moving all her things with her dog and hundreds of plants. Thankfully she’s a minimalist so moves aren’t too much of an issue.

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