Colorado Fun Facts!
Last Updated April 17, 2023/Published April 25, 2022
Want to learn more about Colorado? Check out this list of Colorado fun facts to expand your knowledge!
- The name Colorado means “colored red”
- Colorado became a state in 1876
- Colorado’s nickname is The Centennial State, since it became a state 100 years following the independence of the United States
- There are 58 14,000+ peaks in Colorado. Many hikers have a goal to summit each one.
- Colorado is the only state to in history to turn down the Olympics. Concerns about the environmental and financial impacts caused the state to turn down the 1976 Olympic Games.
- The least cloudy month in Colorado is September
- The United States Federal Government owns 1/3 of the land in Colorado. Most of this land is managed by the National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management
- The largest gold nugget ever found in Colorado was unearthed in Breckenridge and weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces. It was nicknamed “Tom’s Baby” when Tom Groves, one of the prospectors who discovered it, swaddled it to take it into town
- At 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S
- The highest paved road Mt. Evans is in Colorado
- The capital of Colorado (Denver) sits at 1 mile high
- The song America the Beautiful was written about Pikes Peak
- Colorado has 75% of the land above 10,000 feet in the Continental US
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