Colorado - Fast Facts & Trivia

Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot moun tain is located in Pike National Forest, 12 miles west of downtown Colorado Springs.

  • The largest sand dune in America is located in the Great Sand Dunes National Monument just outside of Alamosa. This bizarre, 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot-high sand peaks was the creation of ocean water and wind more than a million years ago.

  • The first rodeo in the world was held on July 4, 1869 in the Deer Trail.

  • Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored the southwestern part of Louisiana Territory in 1806, and although he never climbed the summit bearing his name, he published a report that drew great interest in the area.

  • The slogan "Pikes Peak or Bust", which was painted on many prairie cherries, was born at a time when the fortune knights went west. Although only a handful of those who flocked to the region found gold.

  • At 14,110 feet above sea level, over 400,000 people climb Pikes Peak every year.

  • The aptly named Twin Lakes is located near two natural lakes at the foot of the highest Fourteener Mountains in Colorado. Elbert.

  • The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which extends 3,000 miles from Alaska, through western Canada and the United States, into northern Mexico. At the heart of this dramatic upheaval are the peaks over 14,000 feet or "fourteeners," as affectionately called by mountaineers. There are 52 Fourteeners in Colorado.

  • Rocky Ford was called the "melon capital of the world".

  • The Yampa River below the northwestern city of Craig holds the Northern Pike in the 20 pound range, while the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers are the best places for trout fishing.

  • Colorado has the highest mean height of all states.

  • Mesa Verde has an ornate, four-storey town, built between 600 and 1300 AD. Was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo Indians. The secret of this ancient cultural monument is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who have created more than 4,000 identified structures.

  • Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.

  • The Carson County Carousel Kit in Burlington dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden carousel in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America with its original color.

  • The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1881 and has appeared in more than a dozen films including "How the West Won" (1963) and "Butch Cassidy" and "Sundance Kid" (1969).

  • The highest suspension bridge in the world is located above the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at an altitude of 1,053 feet.

  • The world's largest natural thermal spa is located in Glenwood Springs. The two-block swimming pool is located across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite station of former President Teddy Roosevelt.

  • Built in 1867 on Seth Lake, the Astor House in Golden was the first stone hotel west of the Mississippi.

  • The southwest corner of Colorado is adjacent to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah - the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.

  • There are nearly 20 rivers whose spring waters begin in Colorado, with the continental divide controlling the course of each river.

  • The Colorado Rockies play at 50,000-seat Coors Field in downtown Denver.

  • In 1859, John Gregory discovered "The Gregory Lode" in a ravine near Central City. Within two weeks, the gold rush had begun and within two months, the population grew to 10,000 people in search of their luck. It became known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth".

  • Colorado's first and oldest military post, Fort Garland, was founded in 1858 under the command of the legendary frontier worker Kit Carson.

  • Rich nesting and migratory birds and other native animals provide a "world class" watchable wildlife experience. Bald eagles and other birds of prey, cranes, shore birds and waterfowl can be seen seasonally in the San Luis Lakes near Alamosa.

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek is a lesson in history in the former shadow of Guffey Volcano. The volcano erupted millions of years ago, creating fossils and leaving the valley with petrified trees.

  • John Henry "Doc" Holliday's short and tumultuous existence took him to Glenwood Springs, where he succumbed to tuberculosis and died on November 8, 1887 at the Glenwood Hotel.

  • "Beulah red" is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its unmistakable luster. The sanding, polishing and placement of the marble in the Capitol lasted six years, from 1894 to 1900. The entire "beulah red" marble of the world went to the Capitol. It can not be replaced at all costs.

  • Colorado is the only state in history that rejects the Olympics. In 1976, the Winter Olympics in Denver should take place. 62% of all state voters opt for a last-minute decision not to host the Olympics, as the cost, pollution and population boom would impact Colorado and the city of Denver.

  • The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.

  • The largest flat-top mountain in the world is in Grand Mesa.

  • In Fruita, city dwellers celebrate "Mike the Headless Chicken Day". It seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen Mike cut off his head on September 10, 1945, in anticipation of eating chicken - and Mike lived another four years without a head.

  • The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.

  • Denver claims 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 from I-70 from Idaho Springs. The road climbs to 14.258 Ft. Above the sea level.

  • Colorado means "red colored" and is known as the "Centennial State".

  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad also offers a year-round train service that operates a historic rolling stock train. The line was primarily designed to mine minerals, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.

  • The US federal government owns more than 1/3 of the country in Colorado.

  • Colorado contains 75% of the US land area over 10,000 feet high.

  • Colorado has 222 state wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.

  • The 13th step of the state capital in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between the Clear Creek & Summit Counties is the world's highest car tunnel. Bored at a height of 11,000 feet below the continental divide, it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.

  • Leadville is the highest city in the United States at 10,430 feet high. Because there were many "silver" cities at the time, the founding fathers suggested Leadville.

  • Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.

  • Hundreds of thousands of Valentines are sent by Loveland every year.

  • Fountain has the distinction of being the Millennium Town of the United States because it best symbolizes America's overall composition. Fountain is the most accurate representation of the American "crucible". Fountain was chosen after a Queens College sociologist smashed statistics from the Census Bureau to find a city in the country that best represents the population composition 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 on 57 floors in Denver.

  • Every year, Denver hosts the world's largest rodeo, the Western Stock Show.

  • Denver has the nation's largest urban park system with 205 parks in the city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

  • Dove Creek is the "pinto bean" capital of the world.

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