50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Colorado State You Need to Know Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Colorado State You Need to Know Story

Interesting and fun facts about Colorado state include weird, funny, random, historical, and scary facts...

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Colorado Fun Facts

First up are some facts about the state of Colorado...

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The highest point in Colorado is Mount Elbert's peak

The mountain's peak is 14,440 feet high (4,401 meters). The mountain is in the western...

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The tallest building in Colorado is the Republic Plaza

It was built in 1984 and is 56 stories tall. Inside the building are a...

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Millions of people come to Colorado every year to ski and snowboard

In 2021, 84.2 million people visited Colorado from out of state. And 36.3 million people...

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The highest low point of all the US states is in Colorado

The Arikaree River sits at 3,315 feet above sea level at its lowest point. Despite...

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Glenwood Springs is home to the largest natural hot springs pool in the world

The mineral water runs in the pool for more than two city blocks, producing more...

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More than half of the US's "fourteeners" are in Colorado

A "fourteener" is a mountain that is more than 14,000 feet high at its peak...

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Colorado has more than 1,000 peaks over two miles high

These mountains are in a mountainous area that is six times larger than the country...

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The highest suspension bridge in the world is The Royal Gorge Bridge

The bridge is by Canon City and goes over the Arkansas River. Over the river...

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More than four million people visit Rocky Mountain National Park every year

The record number of visitors was in 2019, with 4,670,054 people coming to the park...

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Part of Denver, CO, is exactly one mile above sea level

It is at an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. Although the whole city...

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Interesting Facts About Colorado

Next up are some interesting facts and information about Colorado...

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75% of the land in the US with an altitude over 10,000 feet is in Colorado

A lot of this land is mountainous, as there are more than 830 mountains in...

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Denver has more than 300 days of sunshine every year

Three hundred days of sunshine is more sunshine than there is yearly in San Diego...

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Denver is the capital of Colorado

It is at the base of the Rocky Mountains, where you can see 140 miles...

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The population of Colorado is over 5.8 million people

The population in the state continues to grow, with an increase of 0.7% between 2020...

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The state motto of Colorado is "nil sine numine"

It is a Latin phrase that means "Nothing without Providence or Deity." The motto is...

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has the tallest sand dunes in the country

The entire park of dunes covers an area of 150,000 acres, and the main field...

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The largest flat top mountain in the world is Grand Mesa

It is over 6,000 feet high, with an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. Despite...

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Colorado Western Slope has 33% percent of the state's land, but 10% of its population

The Western Slope, to the west of the Continental Divide, has a small population, but...

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Denver has the most professional sports teams in Colorado

There are the Broncos who play in the NFL, the MLB Rockies, the NHL Avalanche...

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The Colorado Trail is 500 miles long

It is a hiking trail that goes from Durango, CO, to Denver, CO. The trail...

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Weird Facts About Colorado

Now we have some weird but fun Colorado facts...

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Colorado backed out of hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics

They were awarded the games in 1970 and were supposed to host in 1976 as...

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The Continental Divide splits the water flow in the United States

Water west of the divide flows towards the Pacific Ocean, and the water to the...

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No US presidents or vice presidents have been born in Colorado

People from Colorado have run for president, like US Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet...

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The cheeseburger was invented at the Humpty Dumpty Drive-in

It was invented by Louis Ballast, who owned the restaurant. He was awarded the patent...

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Colorado has nearly 350 breweries

The state has six breweries for every 100,000 residents, and it is second to California...

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Funny Facts About Colorado

Here are some funny facts about Colorado in this section...

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Mike, the Headless Chicken, lived in Colorado for 18 months

He was supposed to end up as dinner for the Olsen family in 1945. But...

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Colorado hosts the highest elevation rodeo

It takes place in Cripple Creek, CO, at an elevation of 9,640 feet. The rodeo...

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The first rodeo ever was held in Colorado

It occurred on July 4th, 1869, in Deer Trail, Colorado. The local ranchers came to...

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Rocky Ford, Colorado, is called the melon capital of the world

The watermelons and cantaloupes that grow here in the Eastern Plains get extra sweet thanks...

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Dove Creek, Colorado, is called the pinto bean capital of the world

The land has been thriving agriculturally since the Anasazi Indians started farming on the land...

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Cool Facts About Colorado

There are also some cool things about Colorado...

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The United States Air Force Academy is in Colorado

The military community of 25,000 people is in Colorado Springs, CO. There are over 3,000...

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The thirteenth step of the Colorado State Capitol is exactly one mile high

This step is exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level. The one-mile marker was...

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Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the US by area

It is 53 square miles big, making it more than twice as big as NYC's...

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Colorado is one of the states that makes up the Four Corners Monument

As the name suggests, the monument is where four states meet at one point, with...

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The root beer float was inspired by Colorado

It was invented by Frank J. Wisner, who saw the snowy peaks one night and...

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Random Facts About Colorado

Here are some random fun facts on Colorado...

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Leadville is the highest elevated incorporated city in the US

It is at an elevation of 10,430 feet above sea level. This elevation is nearly...

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Colfax Avenue is the longest street in the United States

It runs east to west through downtown Denver and is 49.5 miles (79.7 kilometers) long...

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The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America

It spans over 28 miles between Idaho Springs and the top of the mountain. There...

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Denver has the largest park system of any city in the United States

There are 205 parks within the city limits. If you include the parks in the...

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Colorado Springs is the largest city in Colorado based on square mileage

The land area of Colorado Springs is 194.54 square miles. It is 40 square miles...

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The Eisenhower–Johnson Memorial Tunnel is the highest auto tunnel in the world

Its highest point is at an elevation of 11,000 feet high, which goes through the...

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Historical Facts About Colorado

This section has some facts about Colorado history...

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The Spanish were the first settlers in Colorado

Native Americans and tribes lived on the land until the Spanish started to make permanent...

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The Colorado Gold Rush was from 1858 to 1859

It is also called the "Pikes Peak Gold Rush", even though there was little mining...

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The Colorado Silver Boom started in 1879

The mining started in Leadville, producing more than 82 million dollars worth of silver. The...

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Pikes Peak in Colorado inspired the song "America the Beautiful"

Katherine Lee Bates wrote her poem when she went to Colorado Springs in 1893 and...

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Mesa Verde National Park protects the lands of the Ancestral Pueblo people

They lived in the area for more than 700 years. The World Heritage Site protects...

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Scary Facts About Colorado

Finally, there are some scary and fun facts of Colorado...

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There is a set of preserved dinosaur tracks in Colorado

The tracks are at the PicketWire Canyonlands, and they were discovered in 2021 after flooding...

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The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is the biggest wild sheep in North America

The male sheep can weigh up to 300 pounds, and the females weigh half that...

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The state of Colorado is entirely above an elevation of 3,000 feet

The average elevation of the state is 6,800 feet above sea level, and it is...

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One of the oldest wooden carousels in the country is in Burlington, Colorado

The Kit Carson County Carousel was built in 1905. It is one of under 150...

Conclusion

Conclusion

The mile-high city of Denver and its more than 300 days of sunshine every year...

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