Colorado is well known for its mountains, ski resorts, and its capital city, Denver. But what is Colorado known for?\n\nColorado is known for being above an altitude of 3,000 feet and having more than half of the "fourteeners" in the US.\n\nColorado also has the highest low point in the United States, the highest paved road, and the highest incorporated city in the country. The state also has the highest suspension bridge in the world, The Royal Gorge Bridge.\n\nThis article has 50 facts about Colorado state that you need to know, including fun facts, scary facts, and just plain random facts.\n\nFirst up are some facts about the state of Colorado.\n\nThe mountain's peak is 14,440 feet high (4,401 meters). The mountain is in the western part of the state near Leadville, the highest city. Hiking is popular on the mountain. It has many false summits where you think you are at the top, but it just appears to be that way.\n\nIt was built in 1984 and is 56 stories tall. Inside the building are a collaborative workspace, a fitness center, retail options, and a sizeable three-story lobby. The building has other amenities for its tenants, like a plaza, a park, conference facilities, a rooftop, and on-site dining.\n\nIn 2021, 84.2 million people visited Colorado from out of state. And 36.3 million people stayed in the state for at least one night. The people who visit here bring the state billions of dollars in tourism revenue annually, with $21.9 billion in 2021. It is one of the largest industries in the state, and it supplies more than 1.1 million jobs.\n\nThe Arikaree River sits at 3,315 feet above sea level at its lowest point. Despite being so high, no other state's low point is higher than Colorado's. And, it is even higher than the highest point in 18 other states.\n\nThe mineral water runs in the pool for more than two city blocks, producing more than 3.5 million gallons of water every day. It is also one of the hottest springs in Colorado at a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit. But, the water used in the pools at the springs is cooled down to temperatures between 90 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.\n\nA "fourteener" is a mountain that is more than 14,000 feet high at its peak. There are 91 of these mountains in the United States. Colorado is home to 56 of them.\n\nThese mountains are in a mountainous area that is six times larger than the country of Switzerland.\n\nThe bridge is by Canon City and goes over the Arkansas River. Over the river, the bridge is 1,053 feet high, making it the highest in the world.\n\nThe record number of visitors was in 2019, with 4,670,054 people coming to the park that year. And, nearly one million people visit in July alone, making it the most visited month by far. The number of visitors has increased significantly, with the 2019 record being a 44% increase from the number of visitors in 2012.\n\nIt is at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. Although the whole city is not precisely at the same elevation, there are points where it is exactly one mile high. There are also a lot of places, foods, and more in the city that commemorate the name.\n\nNext up are some interesting facts and information about Colorado.\n\nA lot of this land is mountainous, as there are more than 830 mountains in the state between 11,000 and 14,000 feet above sea level.\n\nThree hundred days of sunshine is more sunshine than there is yearly in San Diego and Miami Beach. But, some of those days in Denver are actually cloudy or partly cloudy, but the sun shines for at least a little bit. So, while the sun comes out for over 300 days every year, they are not all fully sunny days.\n\nIt is at the base of the Rocky Mountains, where you can see 140 miles of the landscape from the city. The population of Denver is approximately 727,000, with a 21,2% increase in population between 2010 and 2019. There are around three million people in the metropolitan area, more than half the state's population.\n\nThe population in the state continues to grow, with an increase of 0.7% between 2020 and 2021. Most of the population is white, with 67% identifying as white and not Hispanic or Latino. However, 9.5% of the population was foreign-born between 2016 and 2020.\n\nIt is a Latin phrase that means "Nothing without Providence or Deity." The motto is on the state seal, which was created and adopted in 1876, one year after Colorado became a state.\n\nThe entire park of dunes covers an area of 150,000 acres, and the main field of dunes covers 30 square miles. The tallest of them all is Star Dune, which is 750 feet tall. There is also the High Dune, which is 699 feet tall but at a higher elevation than Star Dune.\n\nIt is over 6,000 feet high, with an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. Despite being so tall, it is wider than it is tall. The name of the mountain comes from the Spanish word for table.\n\nThe Western Slope, to the west of the Continental Divide, has a small population, but a lot of the area is filled with busy tourist towns. They include skiing and resort towns like Breckenridge, Aspen, Telluride, Grand Junction, Vail, and Winter Park.\n\nThere are the Broncos who play in the NFL, the MLB Rockies, the NHL Avalanche, and the NBA Nuggets. They all play within a three-mile radius of each other.\n\nIt is a hiking trail that goes from Durango, CO, to Denver, CO. The trail goes through eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, and over five rivers.\n\nNow we have some weird but fun Colorado facts.\n\nThey were awarded the games in 1970 and were supposed to host in 1976 as a way to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States. But, there were many problems with the state's capacity to host the games and the logistics surrounding it. The people of Colorado were not happy that the games might be a failure, so they voted against hosting them.\n\nWater west of the divide flows towards the Pacific Ocean, and the water to the east flows to the Atlantic. Some of the western rivers include the Columbia and Colorado Rivers. The rivers to the east include the Rio Grande, the Missouri River, and the Mississippi River.\n\nPeople from Colorado have run for president, like US Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, who both ran in 2020. But none of them have won. All 46 US Presidents have been born in just 21 states so far, meaning over half, including Colorado, have not had one yet.\n\nIt was invented by Louis Ballast, who owned the restaurant. He was awarded the patent on March 5th, 1935.\n\nThe state has six breweries for every 100,000 residents, and it is second to California, which has nearly 700. Boulder, Colorado, is the city with the most breweries per capita in the United States, with 13.3 breweries for every 100,000 people.\n\nHere are some funny facts about Colorado in this section.\n\nHe was supposed to end up as dinner for the Olsen family in 1945. But, after they chopped off his head, the chicken ended up living, and he was a national phenomenon. He grew from just 2.5 pounds with a head to 8 pounds without. The chicken is celebrated at an annual festival.\n\nIt takes place in Cripple Creek, CO, at an elevation of 9,640 feet. The rodeo is called the Top of the World Rodeo, and the town has been hosting rodeos since the early 20th century. There are around 300 people who participate in the rodeo every year, and thousands come to watch.\n\nIt occurred on July 4th, 1869, in Deer Trail, Colorado. The local ranchers came to the rodeo to compete to see who was the best cowboy and who had the best horse. The winner lasted on his horse for 15 minutes and won a suit of clothes.\n\nThe watermelons and cantaloupes that grow here in the Eastern Plains get extra sweet thanks to the climate here. The temperature changes drastically from day to night, and that is how they get their unique flavor. The town also has a high school with a melon mascot and a team called the Meloneers.\n\nThe land has been thriving agriculturally since the Anasazi Indians started farming on the land thousands of years ago. They grew corn, squash, beans, and more. Now, pinto beans are often grown here by companies such as Adobe Milling. The continued growth is where the nickname comes from.\n\nThere are also some cool things about Colorado.\n\nThe military community of 25,000 people is in Colorado Springs, CO. There are over 3,000 people who work there, and there is a 4,400-person cadet wing with a staff of over 300 people.\n\nThis step is exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level. The one-mile marker was placed in 2003 after two less accurate mile markers were placed on the fifteenth and eighteenth steps. The first but inaccurate measurement on the fifteenth step says "One Mile Above Sea Level."\n\nIt is 53 square miles big, making it more than twice as big as NYC's Manhattan neighborhood. It is also the second largest airport in the world, with the most significant being King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia. The third largest airport in the world is Dallas Fort Worth, which is 26.9 square miles, just half the size of Denver's airport.\n\nAs the name suggests, the monument is where four states meet at one point, with a corner of all four states touching. The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.\n\nIt was invented by Frank J. Wisner, who saw the snowy peaks one night and thought up the treat. He said the snow on the Cow Mountain peaks looked like ice cream floating in soda. He started serving the Black Cow Mountain float to his customers at the Cripple Creek Brewing Co., which he owned in August 1893.\n\nHere are some random fun facts on Colorado.\n\nIt is at an elevation of 10,430 feet above sea level. This elevation is nearly double that of Denver, which is a mile or 5,280 feet above sea level.\n\nIt runs east to west through downtown Denver and is 49.5 miles (79.7 kilometers) long. The road is part of a few major highways, including US Highway 40, I-70, US Highway 287, and State Highway 36.\n\nIt spans over 28 miles between Idaho Springs and the top of the mountain. There is an elevation change of more than 7,000 feet along the road. The road is at an altitude of 14,130 feet at the highest point.\n\nThere are 205 parks within the city limits. If you include the parks in the mountains in the Denver metro area, 20,000 acres of parks exist in the state.\n\nThe land area of Colorado Springs is 194.54 square miles. It is 40 square miles bigger than the second largest city of Aurora, CO. It is also the second largest city in Colorado, with a population of more than 430,000 people.\n\nIts highest point is at an elevation of 11,000 feet high, which goes through the Continental Divide. The entire tunnel is 8,960 feet long, and as many as 26,000 pass through the tunnel every day.\n\nThis section has some facts about Colorado history.\n\nNative Americans and tribes lived on the land until the Spanish started to make permanent settlements there in the 1840s. They first tried to settle in the San Luis Valley, but it was hard to occupy, so they moved north. Colorado soon became part of the United States due to the Mexican-American War.\n\nIt is also called the "Pikes Peak Gold Rush", even though there was little mining near Pike's Peak. Most mining was done near Central City, discovered during the rush in 1859. Over two years, the lift brought thousands of people to the state in search of riches.\n\nThe mining started in Leadville, producing more than 82 million dollars worth of silver. The Silver Boom lasted longer than the state's gold rush. It ended in 1893 when silver prices declined.\n\nKatherine Lee Bates wrote her poem when she went to Colorado Springs in 1893 and got to the top of Pikes Peak. The view inspired her to write it, which is now sung in Samuel A. Ward's "Materna."\n\nThey lived in the area for more than 700 years. The World Heritage Site protects its history and teaches people today about the importance of the land. There are 26 Pueblos and Tribes represented at the ark and more than one thousand species of plants and animals.\n\nFinally, there are some scary and fun facts of Colorado.\n\nThe tracks are at the PicketWire Canyonlands, and they were discovered in 2021 after flooding unearthed them. There are over 100 tracks in the area, and they are estimated to date back 150 million years.\n\nThe male sheep can weigh up to 300 pounds, and the females weigh half that much. These sheep live in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and they almost went extinct in the early 20th century. They started to come back when people stopped hunting them, and now between 300 and 400 of them live in the park.\n\nThe average elevation of the state is 6,800 feet above sea level, and it is the highest elevation state in the contiguous United States. The state has an elevation range of over 11,000 feet from its lowest point to its highest.\n\nThe Kit Carson County Carousel was built in 1905. It is one of under 150 wooden carousels left in the country of the 2,500 that there used to be. It was made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and it is a three-row, stationary carousel.\n\nThe mile-high city of Denver and its more than 300 days of sunshine every year are just a few cool things about Colorado. It is also home to the biggest airport in the US by area and the world's largest natural mineral hot springs pool. Colorado is also a popular tourist destination bringing in nearly 22 billion dollars annually from tourists.