Colorado Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts about the beautiful state of Colorado!

•  In the late 1800s, people flocked to the Colorado Rockies in search of gold and silver. Today, in the winter, they come for our “white gold” – perfect “champagne powder” that attracts skiers and snowboarders from every corner of the world! Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge and Winter Park are among the most popular ski resorts for snowsports enthusiasts.

•  While the state of Colorado is perhaps best known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding, other popular activities include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, golf, fishing, sailing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more.

•  Colorado has more than 300 golf courses. At 8,000 ft above sea level, the air is thin.  And thinner air makes for a longer drive! This fact, coupled with stunning views in every direction, has made Colorado a mountain golf paradise.

•   Many people inquire about “Denver skiing,” even though there are no ski areas in Denver. There are, however, four major, world-renowned ski resorts within a 2-hour drive of Denver: Breckenridge, Winter Park, Vail, and Beaver Creek.

•  On the 13th step of the state capital, in Denver, Colorado, you’re exactly a “mile high,” at 5,280 ft above sea level.

•  The song “America The Beautiful” was inspired by Katherine Lee Bates’ view from Pikes Peak, which is just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.

•  Colorado has 25 ski resorts, of which Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, and Winter Park are the most well-known.

•  Colorado is home to one of the most beloved National Parks, the Rocky Mountain National Park – the entrance to this majestic national park is the historic town of Grand Lake, Colorado.

•  Colorado has more Fourteeners (mountain peaks higher than 14,000 ft above sea level) than any other state, 54 to be exact.

•  Colorado has more microbreweries (100 in total) per capita than any other state.

•  The state flower of Colorado is the Rocky Mountain columbine, the state tree is the blue spruce, and the state animal is the Big Horn Sheep. All these can be seen in and around the mountain towns of Beaver Creek, Vail, Aspen, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake, Granby Ranch / Sol Vista, and Breckenridge.

•  Colorado became the 38th state in the nation, in 1876, thus the nickname “The Centennial State.”

•  Colorado is 104,247 square miles in size, and is in the shape of a square.