Fun Facts and Trivia
A Collection of Fun, Interesting, Educational and Curious facts about the Centennial State
Colorado is one of only two states in the United States in which all the water in the state flows out of the state and none flows in. The other is Hawaii.
The lowest point in Colorado (Arikaree River at the Kansas Border) is still higher than the highest point in 22 other states.
San Luis (est. 1851) in Costilla County is the oldest town in Colorado.
In the town of Fruita, the locals celebrate 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day'
The highest paved road in North America is the Colorado Highway 5 or also called The Raod to The Sky on Mt. Evans. The road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.
Between the National Forest Service, National Parks Service and the Burea of Land Management, the United States government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
Old Town Fort Collins was the inspiration for California's Disneyland Main Street.
Although Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the US the Town of Alma is 240 feet higher in elevation. Alma was incorporated in 2003
The song "America the Beautiful" was inspired after author Katharine Lee Bates took a trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893. In fact the original words appeared in a poem title Pikes Peak.
Fountain, has the distinction of being the United States' millennium city because it best symbolizes the overall composition of America. Fountain is the most accurate representation of the American "melting pot."
Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 Acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.
A 1000 pound Triceratops skull was found during the construction of Coors field. This find inspired the Rockies dinosaur mascot.
Colorado has almost as many dead towns (about 500) as live ones (650). Mining booms and busts left the mountains littered with more than 300 ghost towns
Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery in Telluride in 1889.
Each year Leadville host the Leadville 100. It is a 100 mile foot race and endurance challenge. The race crests at hope pass elevation 12600 feet.
In the late 1800's, Denver was a huge gambling mecca. Bat Masterson was one of Colorado's colorful gamblers. He also served as marshal in La Junta and Trinidad. Gambling was outlawed in 1902
Colorado is doubly landlocked. Not only does Colorado not touch the ocean it does not border any states that touch the ocean.
Mesa Verde is the only place in Colorado designated a world heritage site by the United Nations.
Colorado is home to 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation. But the tallest mountain in America is Mount McKinley (20,320 feet) in Alaska. Mount Whitney (14,505) in California is the tallest mountain in the lower 48.
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