The region inhabited by the Native Americans for more than 13,000 years is today named as the State of Colorado. Colorado is in USA surrounding most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is part of the Western United States, the Southwestern United States, and the Mountain States. Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 22nd most populous of the 50 States.
The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. Colorado is bordered by the northwest state of Wyoming to the north, the Midwest states of Nebraska and Kansas to the northeast and east, on the south by New Mexico and Oklahoma, on the west by Utah, and Arizona to the southwest. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona meet at one common point known as the Four Corners, which is known as the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado is distinguished for its varied geography, ranging from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons, sandstone and granite rock formations, rivers, lakes, and lush forests.
Well known for
Mountains: The summit of Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet in elevation in Lake County is the highest point of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies wholly above 1,000 meters elevation. The point where the Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County, Colorado, and into Cheyenne County, Kansas, is the lowest point in Colorado at 3,317 feet elevation.
Peaks: Towards the west of the Great Plains of Colorado rises the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Remarkable peaks of the Rocky Mountains include Long Peaks, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg, in southern Colorado. This area drains to the east and the southeast, eventually either via the Mississippi River or the Rio Grande into the Gulf of Mexico.
Film: A number of film productions have shot on location in Colorado, especially well-known Westerns like True Grit, The Searchers and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A number of historic military forts, railways with trains still operating, mining ghost towns have been utilized and transformed for historical accuracy in well known films. There are also a number of scenic highways and mountain passes that helped to feature the open road in films such as Vanishing Point, Bingo and Starman. The Colorado Office of Film and Television has stated that over 400 films have been shot in Colorado.
Cuisine: Colorado is well-known for its Southwest and Rocky Mountain cuisine. Mexican restaurants are high-flying all over the state. Boulder, Colorado was named America’s Foodiest Town 2010 by Bon Appétit. Boulder, and Colorado in common, is home to a number of national food and beverage companies, top-tier restaurants and farmers’ markets.
Wine & Beer: Colorado wines include award-winning varietals that have fascinated a favorable note from outside the state. With wines made from traditional Vitis vinifera grapes along with wines made from cherries, peaches, plums and honey, Colorado wines have won top national and international awards for their quality.
Top attractions in Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the deepest and steepest canyon in the United States. It is yet deeper and steeper than the Grand Canyon! While the view is not relatively as remarkable as the Grand Canyon’s vast vistas, the Black Canyon is equally dazzling simply because it is hard to swallow something that deep and still so narrow!
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway
What better way to experience the majesty and grandeur of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado than by narrow gauge railroad! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad line runs amid the old mining towns of Durango and Silverton, Colorado. The tracks run beside the steep sides of a mountain high above the Animas River. Little black engines, the same used when the railroad was in operation carrying ore and supplies, pull closed or open air wooden coaches up the steep grades.
Garden of the Gods
Imagine sandstone rock formations that soar 300 feet into the air and hang unsteadily over the valley floor, all set beside the backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak. The elevated vistas and stirring scenery make Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a true picturesque marvel.
Bizarre to think that the tallest sand dunes in the United States are actually high in the mountains, but it’s true. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, elevation 8,000 to 13,000 feet, has more than 30 square miles of sand dunes.The Capital City Denver
The Mile High City got its start as a jumping off point for the Colorado Gold Rush that started in 1850s.Today, the Busy town of around 600,000 inhabitants is a remarkable place to visit. It has everything … museums, zoos, night life, resorts and spas, symphony, theater, ballet, cultural and historical sites and so much more!
While Buena Vista, The Grand Mesa, Cave of Winds, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction are amongst some other tourist attractions. Colorado has it all to fulfill the tourists’ needs. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in the United States.