|General Colorado Information|
The beauty and openness of the land coupled with clean air and the invigorating climate produce an enviable quality of life. Colorado is one of the most beautiful and healthful states in the union.
The Spanish word colorado means colored red. The name was given first to the Colorado River, which flows through canyons of red stone. The state was named for the river. Colorado's nickname is the Centennial State. Colorado joined the Union in 1876, the centennial (100th anniversary) of the Declaration of Independence.
|The Rocky Mountains (Continental Divide) run north and south, dividing the state into several distinct regions.|
|Colorado bravado and braggadocia are well founded. The state contains 75 percent of all U.S. land registering a minimum of 10,000 feet or higher. Its mountainous area is six times that of Switzerland. It has 1,000 mountain peaks that are a minimum of two miles high; and it is home to the nation's highest continuous paved highway.
With a total area of 104,247 miles, Colorado is the eighth-largest state in the nation, extending 387 miles east to west and 276 miles north to south. Thirty-five percent of Colorado land is owned by the federal government. Principal mountain ranges include the eastern Front Range, the central Sawatch Range, the Park Range in the north, the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Juan Mountains in the southwest. Perhaps the state's most geographically noteworthy feature is the Continental Divide, which runs northeast to southwest and divides the state into the Eastern Slope and the Western Slope.
The Centennial State is also a sensational scenic playground with two national parks, six national monuments, 12 national forests, 43 state parks and three national recreation areas.
|Facts in Brief|
|Elevation of Denver, in feet above sea level: 5,280
Colorado lowest Point, in feet above sea level: 3,350 along the Arkansas River in Prowers County
Colorado highest Point, in feet above sea level: Mount Elbert, 14,431
Statehood: August 1, 1876, the 38th state
Eighth in size among the states.
The state bird: Lark Bunting
The state flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
The state tree: Blue Spruce
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