Well, Colorado, 2012 has been anything but boring. The state burned, Aurora continues to recover, the governor separated from his wife, and we all fell in love with swimmer Missy Franklin. Want to reminisce? Here, the most read stories on 5280.com in 2012.

1. The Best Neighborhood Bars

2. BREAKING NEWS: Joint Statement from Governor Hickenlooper and Helen Thorpe Announcing Separation

3. Why Did Gov. John Hickenlooper and First Lady Helen Thorpe Separate?

4. Colorado on Fire: Five Ways You Can Help

5. Get Involved: How to Help in the Aftermath of the Shooting in Aurora

6. Sips: Phat Thai’s Drinking Vinegars

7. Tiny Dancer

8. Wife, Reborn: An Update on Tricia Williford

9. Exclusive Preview: Top of the Town 2012

10. Missy Franklin’s Homecoming

11. What’s Next for Missy Franklin?

12. Holiday Recipe: Herbed Prime Rib Roast

13. 5280 EXCLUSIVE The Bet: Could a 5280 staffer beat future Olympian Missy Franklin?

14. OPINION Paul Ryan: Why Lie?

15. LoDo News: The Kitchen Denver Opens

16. Preview: The Populist

17. Outdoors: Hike Kenosha Pass

18. Missy Franklin’s Big Decision

19. Beer Buzz: 5280’s Summer Six Pack

20. The 5280 Interview: Trey Parker and Matt Stone