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Colorado straddling the Rockies

Image: Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit – Visit Colorado

Mountains distinguish Colorado. The Rocky Mountains to be specific.

The state encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains

The 38th state in the U.S., it is referred to as the “Centennial State” because it became a state one century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Although known for its mountains half of Colorado is flat and rolling land. To the west of the Great Plains of Colorado rises the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains within Colorado contain 53 true peaks with a total of 58 that are 14,000 feet (4,267 m) or higher in elevation. The summit of Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet (4,401.2 m) elevation is the highest point in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains of North America. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1,000 meters of elevation.

Denver is Colorado’s capital and most populous city. Called the Mile High city, you can see the mile-high mark on the steps of the State Capitol building. It has a very friendly urban area and a free bus travels along 16th Street Mall in order to make getting around easier. Walking through Larimer Square, near the historic centre of Denver, is like journeying back to the Old West, with its historic buildings and fascinating shops.

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Colorado boasts some of the best skiing in the United States with places like Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Telluride being some of the most popular areas for skiing and other snow sports.

Colorado Springs is the second most populous city and the most extensive city in the State of Colorado. There are a great number of attractions there including the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex at the summit of the mountain, plus the fascinating  Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway which reopened in 2021.

Glenwood Springs is another “must visit” town. Located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, it is known for its hot springs, which are the largest in North America.

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Colorado is a most beautiful and fascinating destination. Take your time when you visit, as that will be a decision you will never regret making.

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