There is a lot that Colorado is known for, from everything from great skiing to national parks and a great football team. But whether you’re a newbie or a local, there’s always something to learn about our great state of Colorado.
How many of our fun facts do you know? Test your knowledge below.
The highest paved road in North America is located just outside Idaho Springs: the road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 climbs up to 14,258 feet above sea level.
Between 1763 and 1848, Colorado belonged in varying proportions to France, Spain, Mexico and the Republic of Texas
The world’s largest rodeo occurs in Denver every year: the National Western Stock Show.
More than 125,000 valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland, CO.
Denver International Airport covers 53 square miles is nearly twice the size of Manhattan and the second largest airport in the world.
Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks higher than 10,000 feet and 54 above 14,000 feet.
Colorado literally means “colored red” and is known as the Centennial State since it became a state in the 100th year after the United States Declaration of Independence.
It took 300 million years to create Red Rocks Amphitheater.
There are 52 “Fourteeners” in Colorado (the most of any state); Alaska is in second place with 29 mountains higher than 14,000 feet.
The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.
Colorado loves beer.No, really.In fact, we’re home to more microbreweries per capita than any other state.
The world’s largest natural hot springs pool takes up two whole blocks and is located in Glenwood Springs.
Colorado is home to four National Parks Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — along with nine national forests. If fact, half of the state is public land.