Colorado is known for:
- Its high altitude
- Winter skiing
- Mining industry
- Hot springs and spa towns
- The majestic landscape of mountains, forests, and canyons
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 104,094 sq miles; Land Only: 103,718 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Mountain Time Zone|
||Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming|
|Highest Point||Mount Elber, 14,440 feet|
|National Parks||Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
|State Population (2020)||5,773,714|
|State Population Density||55.7 people / square mile|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Colorado Springs (482,131)
Fort Collins (168,234)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Western tiger salamander|
|State Animal||Rocky mountain bighorn sheep|
|State Cactus||Claret cup cactus|
|State Fish||Greenback cutthroat trout|
||Rocky Mountain columbine |
|State Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Grass||Blue grama grass|
|State Insect||Colorado hairstreak butterfly|
||Nil sine numine (Nothing without the Deity)|
|State Pet||Dogs and cats that are adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues|
|State Reptile||Western painted turtle|
|State Rock||Yule marble|
|State Sport||Pack burro racing|
||Colorado blue spruce|
|Major Sports Teams
||MLB: Colorado Rockies|
NFL: Denver Broncos
NBA: Denver Nuggets
NHL: Colorado Avalanche
MLS: Colorado Rapids
|NCAA Division I Schools
University of Colorado Boulder (Pac-12)
Colorado State University (Mountain West)
University of Denver (The Summit League)
University of Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force) (Mountain West)
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Arapahoe Basin: Ski area in Summit County, Colorado.
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Denver Art Museum: Museum in Denver, Colorado.
- Denver Botanic Gardens: Botanical garden in Denver, Colorado.
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Museum in Denver, Colorado.
- Denver Zoo: Zoo in Denver, Colorado.
- Garden of the Gods: Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Hanging Lake: Lake near Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
- Keystone Resort: Ski resort in Keystone, Colorado.
- Loveland Ski Area: Ski area in Georgetown, Colorado.
- Maroon Bells: Mountain peaks near Aspen, Colorado.
- Mesa Verde National Park: National park in southwestern Colorado.
- New Belgium Brewing: Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
- Pikes Peak: Mountain summit in central Colorado.
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.
- Rocky Mountain National Park: National park in northern Colorado.
- Royal Gorge Bridge & Park: Amusement near Canon City, Colorado.
- Seven Falls: Waterfalls in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- The Broadmoor: Luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Popular Iconic Colorado Foods
Colorado is famous for the following foods:
- Rocky Mountain Oyster
- Green Chili
- Colorado Lamb
- Colorado Style Pizza
- Palisade Peaches
- Bison (Bison Burger)
- The Slopper
- Olathe Sweet Corn
- Denver Omelette
- Rocky Ford Cantaloupe
Famous People Born In Colorado
Nobel Prize Winners
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Dutch Clark (Quarterback. Inducted in 1963)
- Winston Hill (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 2020)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Rich Gossage (Pitcher. Inducted in 2008)
- Roy Halladay (Pitcher. Inducted in 2019)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Tim Allen
- AnnaSophia Robb
- Kristen Schaal
Colorado Fun Facts
- The word 'Colorado' means 'colored' or 'colored red' in Spanish. The Colorado state was named after the Colorado River, which Spanish explorers named 'Rio Colorado' (meaning 'colored river') for the red silt the river carried from the mountains.
- Colorado is one of the states that form the Four Corners, the only location in the United States where four states intersect at one point. The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
- Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America
- The world's first rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.
- Colorado has the highest paved road in North America. The road to Mt. Evans climbs to 14,258 ft. above sea level.
- Denver is nicknamed "The Mile High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level.
- The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level
- Dove Creek is the pinto bean capital of the world.
- The Pike's Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs is the highest railway in the United States, with a peak elevation of 14,111 feet above sea level.
- Colorado is the only state with an official State Cactus: Claret cup cactus.
- Royal Gorge Bridge in Caňon City, Colorado, is the highest bridge in the United States at 955 feet.
- In 2012, Colorado (along with Washington) became the first to legalize marijuana (weed) for recreational use.
- In Colorado, it is unlawful to mutilate a rock in a state park.
This page was last updated on January 30, 2023.