“Colorful Colorado” owns an ancient heritage. Our national monuments are actually national treasures and our geography captures miracles thousands of years in the making. In Colorado, you are invited to cross paths with the state’s legendary heroes, while discovering and celebrating the rich fabric of Colorado’s culture. Whether you choose to take a journey on one of our Scenic and Historic Byways, spend the day wandering through Colorado’s distinctive museums, or catch a performance of music, dance or theater, you’ll find a wealth of history, art and culture waiting to be discovered - just minutes from your front door!
Area, 104,247 sq mi (270,000 sq km) - we're about twice the size of Ireland and 10 times the size of Rhode Island! Which is why folks from "back East" always wonder why it takes us sooo long to drive to California.
Population, we've increased in size by over a million people since 2000, and now number just over 5 million folks, mostly scattered up and down the Front Range along the Interstate 25 corridor.
Capital and largest city, Denver. Which city suits you best? Compare and find out!
Nickname, Centennial State - this nickname was given because we became the 38th state just 28 days after the centennial celebration of the US Independence.
Motto, Nil Sine Numine - though often translated as "Nothing without Providence", records from original committee meetings show that the crafters of this motto intended it to be "Nothing without the Deity/Divine".
State bird, Our state bird, the Lark bunting, is a small songbird, with a short, thick, bluish bill. There is a large patch of white on the wings and they have a relatively short tail with white tips at the end of the feathers. Breeding males have an all black body with a large white patch on the upper part of the wing. Nonbreeding males and females look similar and are grayish brown with white stripes. They are prevalent in the grasslands of our beautiful state.
State flower, The white and lavender Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official state flower of Colorado in 1899, after winning the vote of Colorado's school children. Discovered in 1820 on Pike's Peak, the Rocky Mountain Columbine is a lovely flower with a rich aroma to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
State tree, Colorado blue spruce - these gorgeous trees can grow up to 75' in height and I think they make the entire state look as though we're about to decorate for the holidays.. year round!
Parks & Recreation, One of the most scenic states in the country, Colorado has many easily-accessible recreational parks including spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with its narrow gorge cut by the Gunnison River, Dinosaur National Monument in NW Colorado (very popular with children!), and Great Sand Dunes National Monument in south-central Colorado, where you can 'surf" the sand. Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, once home to the Anasazi cliff dwellers, are in the southwestern corner of the state, a beautiful but formidable area of mesas and canyons that offer educational opportunities which delight all ages.
Agriculture, especially the raising of cattle and sheep and production of dairy goods, is economically important in the state. You'll find many local sources for great meats at www.eatwild.com. Crops include wheat, hay, corn, and sugar beets.
Industry, Since the 1950s manufacturing has been the major source of income in the state. Food processing is a major industry; others include the manufacture of computer equipment, aerospace products, transportation equipment, and electrical equipment; printing and publishing; and the production of fabricated metals, chemicals, and lumber. Federal facilities including army and air force bases, prisons, and the Denver Mint, as well as regional offices, contribute greatly to the economy. A $4 billion international airport opened near Denver in 1995.
Economy, tourism plays a vital role in Colorado's economy. The state's climate, scenery, historical sites, and extensive recreational facilities bring millions of visitors annually. Numerous resorts in towns such as Vail and Aspen attract visitors year-round as well as during ski season. Besides fine hunting, fishing, and skiing there are many special events held in the state, including arts festivals, rodeos, and fairs. Check out my "Upcoming Events" listing on my home page regularly for the best of the best!