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The 25 most-read Colorado Sun stories of 2020

Articles about coronavirus dominated the list, but Sun investigations and stories about the outdoor industry also were highly viewed

Workers at a drive-up coronavirus testing site in Montrose. (Handout)

What a year it has been, from the coronavirus crisis to a contentious election to national social unrest. 

Colorado Sun reporters and editors worked hard to keep up with the deluge, and our readers were right there along with us. 

Below is our list of the 25 most-read Sun stories this year. Articles about coronavirus dominated the list, but Sun investigations and stories about the outdoor industry also were highly viewed.

Note: We curated this list, mainly to remove articles tracking coronavirus cases and explaining ballot issues and candidate positions.


  1. Coronavirus is running so rampant in Colorado’s mountains residents, visitors should “minimize all contact with other people” 
  2. Black Lives Matter protests may have slowed overall spread of coronavirus in Denver and other cities, new study finds
  3. Littwin: Anyone who has seen dementia up close knows not to fall for attacks on Joe Biden’s mental fitness 
  4. Why another statewide lockdown is unlikely, even as Colorado’s coronavirus situation worsens each day 
  5. Their baby was taken away and placed in foster care for 164 days. It turns out, he had a bone disorder. 
  6. Denver doctors may have found the answer to a pandemic mystery: What happened to all the heart attacks? 
  7. A Crested Butte woman came home from Hawaii with sniffles. Then she found out it was coronavirus. 
  8. Nearly half of Americans didn’t go outside to recreate in 2018. That has the outdoor industry worried. 
  9. Colorado governor unveils new coronavirus restrictions aimed at preventing lockdowns
  10. Colorado’s governor decided not to issue a stay-at-home order. Denver’s mayor just acted on his own. 
  11. Jenna Ellis, President Trump’s lawyer, was fired from Weld County DA’s office for “mistakes,” records show 
  12. In Colorado and across the U.S., people are proving to be the weakest link for coronavirus exposure apps 
  13. Kindness Yoga called out: Weakened by coronavirus, 9 studios close after Instagram campaign exposes rift over race
  14. Stepmom arrested in Gannon Stauch disappearance was fired from teaching job days before boy went missing 
  15. “The great urban exodus:” Colorado resort towns see flood of second-home buyers, burst in school enrollment 
  16. Are you wearing your mask? Because public health officials in Colorado are watching you to find out.
  17. Colorado’s governor issues statewide mask mandate days after saying such a requirement is unenforceable 
  18. Nearly a quarter of the people Colorado said died from coronavirus don’t have COVID-19 on their death certificate 
  19. Colorado health officials sound alarm about “very substantial increases” in coronavirus cases among college-age population
  20. Uncertainty fuels coronavirus scams, misinformation around Colorado
  21. Colorado governor: “We want to dispel any notion that we can go back to the way things were” 
  22. A Telluride couple is paying for their entire county’s coronavirus tests. They hope the results will stop the disease everywhere. 
  23. Is your throat scratchy from Colorado’s wildfire smoke or coronavirus? Here’s how to tell.
  24. When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.
  25. Colorado governor slashes state spending, outlaws evictions and keeps ski areas closed in series of late-night orders