250 Horrible Facts About Colorado


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250 Mind-Blowing Facts About Colorado

  • As of 2020, the population of Colorado is 5.759 million people.
  • This highest paved road is 14,130 feet above sea level.
  • Denver is the biggest city in Colorado.
  • Grand Mesa in Colorado is home to the largest flat topped mountain in the entire world.
  • The town Two Lakes is found beside two lakes at the foot of Mount Elbert.
  • There are 222 state wildlife areas in Colorado.
  • Pikes Peak in Colorado is 14,110 feet above sea level.
  • The state has an altitude of over 10,000 feet.
  • The city of Denver has 205 parks in it and there are 20,000 acres of parks in the mountains nearby. This makes it the largest city park system in the United States.
  • There are four national parks in Colorado.
  • Colorado is home to the world's largest natural hot springs pool, in Glenwood Springs.
  • The biggest city in Colorado is Denver.
  • Denver is also the state capital of Colorado.
  • The state flower is a white and lavender columbine.
  • The state bird is a lark bunting.
  • Colorado's state animal is the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
  • The flag of Colorado is red, blue, yellow and white.
  • The Colorado bordering states are Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.
  • In the Rocky Mountains you will find bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lions, beavers and black bears.
  • The birds that live in the Rocky Mountains include great horned owls and golden eagles.
  • If you're lucky you may spot the endangered boreal toad in the Rocky Mountains too.
  • In the Great Plains there are bison, prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, lark buntings and burrowing owls.
  • The red marble is called "Beulah red" marble.
  • All of the Beulah red marble in the entire world went into the Colorado State Capitol.
  • Colorado is popular with climbers, skiers, bikers and hikers because of the landscape.
  • If you have ever received a tire clamp on your car, you can thank the Mile-High City for that. The first tire clamp was invented by the concert violinist, Frank Marugg in Denver in 1944. Since then, his invention has been used by Denver’s finest and the Department of Motor Vehicles in forcing drivers to pay outstanding tickets. On January 5, 1955, the Denver police officially put the boot into effect. In its first twenty-five days, the city collected over $18,000 in unpaid parking tickets.
  • Colorado is one of the three states in the U.S. which has its boundaries solely defined by lines of latitudes and longitudes. The other two states are Utah and Wyoming. For more clarity, see the map.
  • It is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters’ elevation. Thus, it is also the nation’s highest state.
  • Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland.
  • Fountain, has the distinction of being the United States’ millennium city because it best symbolizes the overall composition of America. Fountain is the most accurate representation of the American “melting pot.” Fountain was chosen after a Queens College sociologist crunched Census Bureau statistics in an effort to find the one city in the country that best represented the population make-up of the United States.
  • Pueblo is the only city in America with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
  • The tallest building in Colorado is the Republic Plaza at 57 stories high, in Denver.
  • Colorado’s southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico and Utah the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
  • There are nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters begin in Colorado, with the Continental Divide directing each river’s course.
  • The Colorado Rockies play at the 50,000 seat Coors Field, located in downtown Denver.
  • In 1859, John Gregory discovered “The Gregory Lode” in a gulch near Central City. Within two weeks, the gold rush was on and within two months the population grew to 10,000 people in search of their fortune. It came to be known as “The Richest Square Mile on Earth”.
  • The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.
  • The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.
  • In Fruita, the town folk celebrate ‘Mike the Headless Chicken Day’. Seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen cut off Mike’s head on September 10, 1945 in anticipation of a chicken dinner – and Mike lived for another 4 years without a head.
  • The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.
  • Denver, lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.
  • The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.
  • The slogan of “Pikes Peak or Bust,” painted across many of the prairie schooners, was born at a time as fortune hunters headed west. Although only a handful of those who flocked to the region ever found gold.
  • At 14,110 feet above sea level over 400,000 people ascend Pikes Peak each year.
  • The aptly named town of Twin Lakes lays adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Colorado’s highest Fourteener, Mt. Elbert.
  • The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which stretches 3,000 miles from Alaska, through western Canada and the United States, into northern Mexico. The centerpieces of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet, or “Fourteeners”, as they are affectionately referred to by climbers. There are 52 Fourteeners in Colorado.
  • Rocky Ford has been dubbed the “melon capital of the world.”
  • The Yampa River below the northwest town of Craig holds northern pike in the 20-pound range, while the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers are prime spots for trout fishing.
  • Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all the states.
  • Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300 A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures.
  • Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.
  • The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden merry-go-round in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America still with its original paint.
  • The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1881 and has appeared in more than a dozen movies including How the West Was Won (1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
  • The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.
  • Colorado Springs has several mineral springs that were touted for their healing and refreshing properties. In the 1890s, Manitou’s mineral springs attracted patients diagnosed with tuberculosis. The springs did not actually cure the disease but it helped relieve stress among patients, gave them much-needed rest, and helped them recover more quickly.
  • Aurora used to be Fletcher. In the 1880s, a businessman named Donald Fletcher from Denver brought in partners to build and promote the town as a real estate opportunity. However, the prices of silver crashed in 1893, sending Fletcher running for cover and leaving the town with serious debt. The community decided to change the name to Aurora.
  • Norma O. Walker became the mayor of Aurora in 1965. She became the first female mayor of a city in the U.S. that had over 60,000 residents. She was also the only female mayor of the city until 2016. Walker served as the city’s head for two years.
  • The trees that are native to Colorado are mostly conifers, which means that they are evergreen and have needles and cones.
  • One of the most common trees in the state of Colorado is the ponderosa pine, which has bark that smells like butterscotch and vanilla.
  • Mining for natural gas, oil and coal happens in Colorado. Gold and uranium can be found there too.
  • The first long term settlers of Colorado lived there thousands of years ago.
  • In the 1500s, Spanish people arrived in Colorado.
  • In the year 1858, gold was discovered in Cherry Creek, which is the old name for the city of Denver. This brought lots of new people to the area in search of their fortune.
  • Colorado is the only state in history to say no to hosting the Olympic games.
  • The name Colorado means "colored red."
  • Colorado was named by Spanish explorers because a lot of the land in the state is red colored.
  • The nickname The Centennial State came from Colorado becoming a state on the same year the United States turned 100 years old.
  • The oldest wooden carousel in the United States is the Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington, which was made in 1905.
  • The first stone hotel to be built west of the Mississippi River was in Golden, Colorado. It was built in 1867.
  • Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs. It is a magical one stop that provides a fantastic aerial view of Colorado’s scenery that one wouldn’t catch a glimpse of otherwise. It was donated by Charles Elliot Perkins’ family to Colorado Springs. It is simply a touch of charming nature.
  • Durango and the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, often abbreviated as D&SNG, the railroad has been operational between Durango and Silverton since 1882. It was initially constructed to haul gold and silver but it slowly gained traction among passengers who realized that the ride offered a view of Colorado’s mountain splendour unlike its counterparts.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located in Alamosa, Southern Colorado and houses a vast diversity of sand dunes, mountains and meadows. It is home to USA’s tallest sand dunes. The park is spiced up by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that are very impressive. What’s more, the amazing waterfall and wildlife.
  • Colorado Springs locals enjoy more than 300 sunny days. Due to its location and position which is over 6,000 feet above sea level, Colorado Springs is also one of the tallest cities in the U.S.
  • Nikola Tesla once had his experimental lab in an area that is now a memorial park. The exact spot is not established but it is alleged to have once been located between the Union Printers Home and the Colorado School for the Deaf. A marker now stands where the Tesla Experimental Station is believed to have been built.
  • The name for the Garden of the Gods landmark was inspired by beer. In 1859, surveyors Melancthon Sayre Beach and Rufus Cable were awestruck by the impressive red rocks in the area. Beach commented that the area would make a great beer garden, to which Cable replied that they should call the spot “Garden of the Gods.”
  • The eighth World Youth Day was held in Cherry Creek State Park. It was the first WYD event held in an English-speaking country in North America. The event was attended and presided by the late Pope John Paul II himself. It is estimated that the event was attended by at least 500,000 young people who flocked to Aurora for the five-day event.
  • The city earned the title Happiest City in the U.S. This recognition comes courtesy of the Today Show and National Geographic. It is also one of the communities in the U.S. that was voted as having high well-being among the locals.
  • Hanging Lake is a spectacular gem located on the White River National Forest. The trail is steep, rocky and rigorous but very fulfilling. It has very attractive scenery not forgetting the gentle waterfalls.
  • Colfax Avenue is about 26.5 miles and runs between Golden Lakewood, Denver and Aurora. It is a full swing commercial route, making it the longest street of its kind in state. Despite its infamous past, it has risen to be an entertainment galore with its brimming history and glorious eats.
  • Glenwood Springs also referred to as Colorado’s Land of Water, sits easy at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, is a popular destination world over and is known for its great hot-springs amenities. It is simply where hot springs meet year-round outdoor adventures.
  • Leadville is the statutory city located in Lake County. It has many foot peaks viewable from the town. It’s rarefied and incredible scenery are the most welcoming of its features.
  • IKEA is a landmark. All cities have landmarks specific to them. Some may have structures or buildings while others may have famous natural spots. In Centennial, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA has staked its claim. The yellow-and-blue IKEA sign stands tall, dominating the area just off Interstate 25. The 92-foot tall sign is a beacon to all who pass by, particularly those looking for sturdy, economical home furnishings (and probably great Swedish meatballs).
  • Colorado State does not have official state food. However, it happens to have trout as the only edible state symbol. Or even better, it has lamb and beef as one of the primary commodities. It is ideal when making something simple and classy.
  • The first shredded wheat got manufactured in Colorado. Henry Perky was the pioneer of the machine that manufactured shredded wheat. Onward, such products have spread all over the nation of the US. The first factory to produce such a product was in Denver.
  • The World’s First Rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.
  • Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in 1806 and though he never climbed the peak that bears his name, he did publish a report that attracted a lot of interest to the area.
  • The world’s largest natural hot springs pool located in Glenwood Springs. The two-block long pool is across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite stop of former president Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Built in 1867 by Seth Lake, the Astor House in Golden was the first stone hotel built west of the Mississippi River.
  • Colorado’s first and oldest military post, Fort Garland was established in 1858 and commanded by the legendary frontiersman Kit Carson.
  • Abundant nesting and migrating birds and other native animals provide a “world-class” watchable wildlife experience. Bald eagles and other raptors, sandhill cranes, shore birds and water birds can be seen seasonally at San Luis Lakes near Alamosa.
  • The highest auto tunnel in the world is the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel. This is the highest auto tunnel in the world and it runs between Summit Counties and Clear Creek in Colorado.
  • It is actually legal to taunt or insult a police officer in Boulder, but if they ask you to stop you have to stop.
  • You won't see tall weeds in Pueblo, because they are banned.
  • Colorado's Rocky Ford has been named the melon capital of the world.
  • In Colorado you can't buy a car on Sunday because it's illegal.
  • 'Mike The Headless Chicken Day' celebrates a chicken who had its head chopped off in 1945. He was supposed to be eaten for dinner, but lived for 18 months without his head.
  • Every year the largest rodeo in the world is held in Denver. It's called the Western Stock Show.
  • The world's first rodeo was actually held in Deer Trail in the year 1869.
  • The song 'America The Beautiful' was written by Katharine Lee Bates and inspired by the views from Pikes Peak.
  • The city of Pueblo is the only city in the United States that has four living Medal of Honor recipients.
  • The shatterproof Otterbox phone case was invented in the town of Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • The root beer float was apparently invented by a man from Colorado, who thought that the ice cream looked like the snow on the top of the Cow Mountain.
  • By total land area (33,531 acres), the Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States. The airport also has the longest commercial runway in the United States. The airport is the sixth busiest airport in the United States and the 18th busiest airport in the world. More than 5 million passengers passed through the airport in April 2018.
  • Arvada, Colorado, has a storied past that is filled with historical moments. The area saw the first gold strike in the state back on June 22, 1850. The city was also known as “The Celery Capital” of the world back in the late 1800s. Today, Arvada is synonymous with first-class restaurants, shopping boutiques, stores, and residential establishments just 15 minutes from Denver.
  • The only point in the United States where the boundaries of four states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) meet is termed as the Four Corners. Thus, one can practically stand in four states at the same time.
  • Colorado is also one of the world’s largest molybdenum producers (a chemical element with symbol Mo and atomic number 42). It also helped the United States became the second largest producer of the element after China. Molybdenum has the sixth-highest melting point of any element.

Interesting Facts About Colorado

  • Colorado’s Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America.
  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.
  • Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States at 10,430 feet elevation. Because there was lots of “silver” named towns at the time, the founding fathers suggested Leadville.
  • Katherine Lee Bates wrote ï¿?merica the Beautifulï¿?after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.
  • Every year Denver host the worlds largest Rodeo, the Western Stock show.
  • Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 Acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
  • Dove Creek is the “Pinto Bean” capital of the world.
  • The tallest sand dune in America is in Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. This bizarre 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago.
  • The Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado is home to the tallest sand dune in America. It was created more than a million years ago by forces from the ocean and the wind.
  • Colorado has the highest average altitude of all of the states.
  • Most of the west side of the state is covered by the Rocky Mountains.
  • The Rocky Mountains stretch all the way from New Mexico to Canada.
  • The tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains is Mount Elbert, which is 14,440 feet above sea level.
  • In the east of the state you will find the Great Plains, which is a huge grassland covering a lot of North America.
  • People in the town of Fruita celebrate 'Mike The Headless Chicken Day' on 10 September.
  • The slogan "Pikes Peak or Bust" is famous in Colorado because fortune hunters used to go to Pikes Peak to try and find gold.
  • The first Chipotle was opened in Denver in the year 1993 on 13 July.
  • Every year over 400,000 people climb Pikes Peak.
  • Supposedly Colorado was the first place that someone hugged a plush animal, as the teddy bear was invented here as a gift for president Teddy Roosevelt.
  • In the Southwest corner of the state is an area where four states meet at a single point. This is the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at once. It's known as the Four Corners.
  • Dove Creek in Colorado is the world's capital for pinto beans.
  • One of the things Colorado is known for is the red marble in the Colorado State Capitol building.
  • The Spanish were the first European visitors who arrived in Colorado in the 1500s.
  • The state was named after the Colorado River. In Spanish, Colorado means “colored red.”
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge, above the Arkansas River, was for more than 70 years, the world’s highest suspension bridge. The Bridge has a deck height of 955 ft, measured from the deck to the surface of the river below. It also leads to a 360-acre park that features rides and shows that kids and adults can enjoy.
  • Did you know that the name “cheeseburger” was trademarked by Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver in 1935?
  • Did you know the Denver Mint produced 15.4 billion coins in fiscal year 2000, more coins than ever produced by a single U.S. Mint facility? The mint celebrated its 100th anniversary of coin production in 2006.
  • According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado is the highest vehicular tunnel in the world.
  • The state is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it joined the Union after a century of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • Centennial, Colorado, shares its name with the nickname for the entire state, “The Centennial State.” Centennial is home to the popular 17-mile House Farm Park with a preserved 19th-century farmhouse. Visitors will enjoy the scenic backdrops with red barns, milk shed, silo, and two fully-functional windmills.
  • The capital city of Colorado is Denver, which also happens to be its most populous city. Denver is also known as the “Mile High City” because it sits at 5,280 feet above sea level—exactly one mile.
  • The Summit of Mount Elbert (14,440 feet) in Lake County is the highest point in Colorado. It is also the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Almost 70% of the state’s population resides in the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Silver was discovered in Leadville in 1879. The discovery marked the beginning of Silver Boom in the state.
  • During a study conducted on the water of Colorado Springs, it was found that it was the presence of fluoride in the water that caused the residents to have fewer cavities. Thus, fluorides were used commercially for maintaining healthy teeth.
  • It is interesting to learn that Colorado entered statehood in 1876, exactly after 100 years of the nation’s independence (1776).
  • While Lakewood is known for its tree-lined streets and residences, the city features a hidden gem for paleontology and Jurassic lovers. The Dinosaur Hotel (once a franchise hotel) is decked out in dinosaur décor and visuals. Located on South Vance Street, this hotel is blanketed with dinosaur statues, bones, and other historical ornaments and designs. The Dinosaur Hotel celebrates Lakewood’s rich history of dinosaur discovery in the area. In fact, Lakewood is where the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus bones were found by paleontologists years ago.
  • Colorado, women were granted the right to vote in 1893.
  • The state also has the highest low point of any state in the U.S. The point (3,317 feet) is where the Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County, Colorado into the Cheyenne County, Kansas.
  • In the Western United States, a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet is known as “fourteeners” or “14ers” locally. There are 58 such fourteeners in Colorado – the most of any state (Alaska has 22; California has 12; Washington has 1).Roughly one-third of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide is referred to as the Western Slope of Colorado. The Western Slope contains 33% of the state’s land but is home to only 10% of its population.
  • Water that falls west of the Continental Divide flows to the Pacific Ocean while that which falls to the east heads to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Colorado River with its origin in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming provides water and hydroelectric power to at least 35 million people in the United States and Mexico.
  • The gold rush happened in Colorado between 1858 – 59. The gold was first discovered in Colorado in 1858 in present day Englewood.
  • After the formation of the territory of Colorado in 1861, William Gilpin was named the first governor of the state.
  • More than a third of the land of Colorado is owned by the government of the United States. The government controls mining, grazing, and logging in this area.
  • Colorado is also home to the United States Air Force Academy.
  • Colorado Springs is the largest city in Colorado by area. The city is 1 mile above sea level and is situated at the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak.
  • Aurora is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in Colorado. With over 60 miles of bicycling paths and routes, there are tons of rental shops for visitors and locals alike. The bicycling trails even connect all significant points in the city, including the Aurora Reservoir and Southlands Mall. This is one of the reasons why Aurora is also one of the thinnest towns in the nation with so many activities for residents and guests.
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest lake located entirely within the state. The reservoir has a surface area of 9180 acres.
  • Colorado has stricter vehicle emission regulations than many other states in the U.S.
  • Colorado was offered to host the Winter Olympics but its residents turned down the offer due to the lack of infrastructure, and some environmental concerns.
  • The largest flat-topped mountain in the world – the Grand Mesa – is located in western Colorado. It has an area of 500 miles.
  • Pueblo, Colorado, holds one of the largest green chilies festivals in the country. The annual event is known as the Chillie and Frijoles Festival, which spans over three days with live music, art demos, and chili cooking competitions. This event truly captures the essence of the city with a Midwest and southwestern theme that is enjoyed by families, visitors, and locals alike. You can also sample some of the hottest green chilies and delicious pinto beans that are grown by local farmers.
  • Westminster features The Big Red Castle, which is a historic landmark and a religious schooling institution. This magnificent structure looks like it was uprooted from the castles of London and Windsor. However, you are still in Westminster, and this castle — also known as The Pillar Fire — is truly a must-see for all tourists and visitors. It showcases impressive architecture and intertwined elements of medieval and modern designs.
  • The state has fresh and powdery snow that attracts millions of skiers and snowboarders to its slopes each year. Tourism is a huge industry in the state attracting billions of dollars in revenue every year.
  • Fort Collins is genuinely an art lover’s paradise with scores of art shops and boutiques all over town. The city is home to Pianos About Town, which commissions local artists that paint pianos and place them throughout the town for public view. Locals and visitors can watch the artists create masterpieces on pianos, including murals and other eye-catching visuals. Local musicians then play the pianos for an art and music experience like no other!
  • Boulder is home to the Flatirons rock formation. There are five of these rock formations resembling flat irons and the third one, which is about 1,400 feet tall, has gained prominence as the part that gets climbed in the most creative ways. People have gone up this portion on roller skates, some have climbed without utilizing their hands, and others have scaled it without clothes on.
  • Boulder residents love cycling so much that there are times when bike paths are plowed first before the streets are.
  • Centennial is a relatively young city. It was legally established on February 7, 2001, through the efforts of several locals who established the Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination with the goal of incorporating Centennial.
  • The most famous food in Colorado is Palisade peaches. The first settler planted the peach tree in 1982. Since then, the state exports such food products within the US and beyond the borders. 
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters is another delicacy from Colorado. It is an animal product that you can serve with spicy cocktail sauce or pickles. The food is nutritious, with a high level of protein and vitamin content.
  • Colorado lamb is another famous delicacy that you will find in everyday cuisine. The meal is good in texture, rich in flavor, and does not contain artificial hormones.
  • Rocky mountain national park is located in the spectacular mountainous region of north-central Colorado. It is flanked by Grand Lake on the west and Estes Park on the east. It is one of the most visited national parks in the USA with approximately 3 million people flocking to the park annually. 
  • Mesa Verde national park, located in Montezuma County, Colorado, is America’s premier archaeological wonder. It was established back in 1906 to interpret and preserve the archaeological heritage of the ancestral Pueblo community who had lived there for over 700 years. It houses many cliff dwellings and archaeological sites.
  • Mount Evans is located in Clear Creek County and is a high-altitude rocky mountain peak. It accessible via a scenic byway, which is the highest paved road in North America. As you weave through, you’ll catch a glimpse at wildlife and once at the top, the spectacular view is all yours.
  • The Million Dollar Highway is a stretch of spectacular roadway between Silverton, Durango and Ouray. It is part of the San Juan Skyway. It extends for about 25 miles in western Colorado . It’s one of the most scenic drives in America.
  • Rocky Ford is a statutory city in Otero County. It is located around 50 miles southeast of Pueblo. It is an agricultural town famous for cantaloupes and watermelons that are shipped nationwide. The town hosts the annual Arkansas Valley Fair which celebrates culture diversity as well as the outstanding agricultural community.
  • The SuperMax prison, often called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” due to how secure it is, is located in Florence, Colorado. It is home to the world’s most dangerous criminals including El Chapo. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  • “Beulah red” is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splendor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price.
  • Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.
  • The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
  • Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
  • Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.
  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
  • The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek is a lesson in history set in the one-time shadow of the Guffey Volcano. The volcano erupted millions of years ago, creating fossils and leaving the valley filled with petrified trees.
  • John Henry “Doc” Holliday’s brief and tumultuous existence led him to Glenwood Springs where he succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel Glenwood on November 8, 1887.
  • The city of Denver was home to the invention of the cheeseburger. It was invented in 1935 by a man called Louis Ballast.
  • More than a third of the land in Colorado is owned by the United States Federal Government.
  • The first rodeo in the world was held in Deer Trail in Colorado. It was on 4 July, 1869.
  • In the Second World War some of the army went to Colorado to train in the mountains. Lots of them decided to come back after the war and start ski resorts where they trained.
  • The Lower Downtown region of Denver, Colorado is known as LoDo.
  • The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the top of the Royal Gorge near to Canon City, Colorado.
  • The 13th step of the State Capitol building is exactly one mile above sea level.
  • Because of its height, the city of Denver has been nicknamed the Mile High City.
  • Every year over 100,000 Valentines cards are re-mailed from the town of Loveland in Colorado.
  • If you are looking for The United States Air Force Academy, you will find it in Colorado Springs.
  • The longest continuous street in the U.S. is traditionally known to be Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado.
  • Whilst it is perceived to be the longest continuous street in the United States, Colfax Avenue is not actually the longest continuous street.
  • It is however the longest commercial street, at 26.5 miles long.
  • Colorado is home to the highest incorporated city in the U.S. It is 10,430 feet above the sea level.
  • The tallest building in Colorado is in Denver. It's called the Republic Plaza and is 57 stories high.
  • The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in the whole of North America.
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