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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300 A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures.

 

Great Sand Dunes National Monument

The tallest sand dune in America is in Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. This bizarre 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago.

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo

Every year Denver host the worlds largest Rodeo, the Western Stock Show.


Colorado Xscream

This digital spatter was created for Love Denver Colorado by artist/owner Eric Baird. This artwork also includes the official Love Denver Colorado® logo - which reveals the "love" in Denver Colorado.

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Your Next Great Adventure is Just Around the Next Bend or Right Over the Next Ridge.

Denver sits at 5,280 vertical feet above sea level in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains; midway between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. Home to 2.5 million people who love its 300 days of sunshine per year. Of all the great things Denver has to offer, the greatest may be its ability to serve as a base camp for incredible one-day excursions. Denver offers quick, easy access to the state’s biggest attraction, the Rocky Mountains, where a wealth of national and state parks, national forests and scenic areas fill your senses. Gold rush mountain towns and ski resorts are great places to spend a day shopping, exploring and taking in the amazing scenery. Here are some interesting facts and fun tidbits of information about Colorado. The more you know about our wonderful western state, the more time you can spend exploring it.

Here are some of the highest, tallest, longest, largest and oldest facts about Colorado.

  • Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all 50 states.
  • Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at an elevation of 10,430 feet. The founding fathers suggested Leadville, because there were so many towns with the word "silver" in them.
  • The federal government owns more than a third of the land in Colorado.
  • Part of the North American Cordillera, the Colorado Rockies stretch 3,000 miles from Alaska, through Canada, the U.S. and into Mexico. The centerpieces of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet, known by climbers as “14ers." There are 53 Fourteeners in Colorado.
  • Deer Trail, held the World’s first rodeo on July 4, 1869.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Trail Ridge RoadTrail Ridge Road is the highest continuous U.S. highway. The road leaves Rocky Mountain National Park on the east side of the Continental Divide and soars to 12,183 feet to the Western Slope side.
  • John Gregory discovered gold in a gulch near Central City in 1859, and within two months the population grew to 10,000 people. Central City became known as the richest square mile on Earth.
  • In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory; and though he never climbed Pikes Peak, he did attract a lot of interest to the area.
  • The Kit Carson County Carousel created in 1905, is the oldest wooden merry-go-round in America. It's the only wooden carousel in the U.S. that still has its original paint. Located in Burlington, Colorado.
  • Colorado is known as the “Centennial State" and means “colored red."

  • Glenwood Springs has the world’s largest natural hot springs. A favorite stop of former President Teddy Roosevelt. The two block long pool is located across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado.
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek is a historical lesson, set in the past shadow of the Guffey volcano; which erupted millions of years ago creating fossils and petrified trees.
  • The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.
  • On November 8, 1887, Doc Holliday succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel Glenwood, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • The Continental Divide directs the course of nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters begin in Colorado.

  • Love Denver Colorado Owner, Eric Baird at the Summit of Mt ElbertGrand Lake is the largest natural lake in the state; and is located on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • The Colorado State Capitol uses a red marble called Beulah red. Installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the Beulah red marble in the world went into the Capitol and is irreplaceable.
  • Colorado was the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. The 1976 Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. The majority of state voters choose not to host the Olympics, because of cost, pollution and the population boom it would have had on the state of Colorado and the city of Denver.
  • The highest point in Colorado is a 14er named Mount Elbert at 14,433'.
  • Grand Mesa is the world’s largest flat-top mountain.

  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service. The line was constructed primarily to haul gold and silver from the San Juan mountains.
  • The Astor House in Golden, CO was the first stone hotel built west of the Mississippi. Built in 1867 by Seth Lake.
  • The highest automobile tunnel in the world is the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide. The tunnel is 8,960 feet long to the other side.
  • There are 222 state wildlife areas in Colorado.
  • The longest continuous street in the U.S. is Colfax Avenue in Denver.

  • Coors Field in Denver ColoradoThe Colorado Rockies play at the 50,000 seat Coors Field, located in downtown Denver.
  • The melon capital of the world is Rocky Ford, CO.
  • San Luis, founded in 1851, is the oldest town still existing in Colorado.
  • Colorado has 53 mountain peaks in excess of 14,000 feet, more than any other state.
  • With 205 parks, Denver has the largest city park system in the country.

  • Pueblo, Colorado is the only city in U.S. with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
  • The Pinto Bean capital of the world is Dove Creek, CO.
  • The Yampa River below the northwest town of Craig holds northern pike in the 20-pound range, while the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers are prime spots for trout fishing.
  • 75% of the land area of the United States with an altitude over 10,000 feet is in Colorado.
  • “Pikes Peak or Bust” was painted across many of the wagons of fortune hunters headed west; however very few ever found gold.

  • Loveland Colorado ValentinesLoveland re-mails hundreds of thousands of valentines every year.
  • The town of Twin Lakes lays adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er.
  • In Colorado a golf ball flies on average ten percent farther than other states because of the altitude. It flies even farther at higher altitudes above 7,000 feet.
  • Fort Garland is Colorado’s first and oldest military post, established in 1858 and commanded by the legendary frontiersman Kit Carson.
  • At 14,110 feet above sea level over 400,000 people ascend Pikes Peak each year.