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The scenic beauty of Colorado’s landscape draws a huge number of tourists from all over the world into the State. With an array of cities and towns that each offer something different to visitors, it becomes quite an ardent task to choose which place to visit first. 

You have to plan your vacation and then decide, but of course you should not skip on the chance to visit one of the United State’s most dazzling states.  

What is Colorado known for?

Perhaps the most attractive and widely known area of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain National Park. The total area of the park is about a whopping 415 miles. It is surrounded by mountains and in itself is a little world. 

In this small world reside an epic diversity of flora and fauna. Summer is the busiest time here for understandable reasons, and tourists and adventure seekers gaggle the area for recreation and sports alike. 

This is also the season when beautiful, vibrant, and abundant alpine meadows grow with wildflowers. Not to mention, there is an area inside it that preserves elks, black bears, and other wildlife.

What is Colorado’s State Animal?

A resolution of the General Assembly approved the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, (Ovis Canadensis), as the state’s official animal in 1961. 

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is located just in the Rockies, in rough mountain terrain typically above tree line. 

The male sheep, weighing up to three hundred pounds, is three to three and a half feet tall at the shoulder, while the female is slightly smaller. The flexibility and great sense of balance of these large animals is pretty phenomenal.

Why is Colorado called the Centennial State?

The name of Colorado is derived from a word of Spanish language which means the red color. In 1861 the name was adopted officially by the Congress. 

Colorado has been named the “Centennial State” because in 1876, 100 years after signing of the Declaration of Independence, it became a state. 

Colorado is also known as “Colorful Colorado” possibly because of the stunning landscape of mountains, rivers and plains.

Colorado Flag

Colorado Flag
Colorado Flag

The flag as it appears today was selected in 1911 by the General Assembly. It comprises three equally spaced alternating stripes with two blue outer stripes, which have hue as of the United States national flag while the middle stripe is white. 

There is a circular red ‘C’ at a distance of one fifth of the total length of the flag from the staff end of the flag. Inside of the ‘C’ is a golden colored disk. The red color of the C is similar to the red color used in the national flag of the United States.

Colorado Flag meaning

The blue in the flag represents the vivid blue skies of Colorado. The middle white stripe depicts the Snowy Mountains of the Rockies. 

The red reflects the leathery colored earth found all over Colorado. The golden colored disk inside the ‘C’ reflects the hundred days of sunshine experienced by the State.

Population of Colorado

The total population of Colorado is 5,758,736. Majority of the population is formed by white people at 67.7%.

Languages spoken in Colorado

In 1988 English was made the official language in an amendment to the constitution. English is thus the most commonly spoken language in the State. Other commonly spoken languages include:

  • Spanish or Creole
  • German
  • French
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean 
  • Chinese
  • Russian 
  • Japanese

Interesting facts about Colorado

  • The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded on March 5, 1935 to Louis Ballast and his Humpty Dumpty restaurant at 2776 North Speer Blvd in Denver.
  • In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. State voters chose 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 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly one mile high above sea level.
  • 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.
  • Colorado’s southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico and Utah and is the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
  • At 26.5 miles long, Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous commercial street in America.
  • The tallest sand dune in North America is the Star Dune in Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. It rises approximately 750 feet above the floor of the San Luis Valley.

Best places to visit in Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park- We have already told you that this place is what Colorado is famous for. It is easy to see that when you actually go there. 

It is the most visited national park in the country. You’ll have to take a routine stop at Meadows Visit Center to plan your journey through the Park. 

You can take your own vehicle along the Trail Ridge Road. This road eventually reaches to the highest point at about 12,000 feet. From there you can witness unreal scenery. 

Telluride – Despite being small in size, Telluride makes up by offering a variety of activities for tourists and locals alike. It is quite known for its ski slopes. 

There is more than 2000 acres of ski-able land for both beginners and experts. Thrill seekers even have the opportunity to paraglide. 

For foodies and festival lovers, there are all sorts of restaurants and events that take place throughout the year.

Denver –Welcome to Colorado’s most populated city. Even though you can go just about anywhere in Colorado to find physical activities in abundance, you get the best experience in Denver. 

Highest level museums, vibrant sports venues, A-grade shopping avenues, and an unrivalled brewery scene fill the area.

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