One of the most popular winter destinations in the U.S., Colorado is known throughout the world by skiers for it’s stunning mountain runs, perfect powder and wonderful resorts located throughout the state. Welcome to part six of our continuing journey through the fifty states as we take a closer look at the great state of Colorado on this installment of travel facts with Bill Bailey Travel Club.
Bill Bailey Travel Club – Colorado Facts
Encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as part of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Plains, Colorado is a diverse landscape of both mountainous and wide open regions. Named for the red color found in the soil, the name was adopted by officials as the permanent name for the area in 1861. In 1876, Colorado become the 38th state admitted into the union and is now known as the Centennial state. Bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas a small portion of Oklahoma, Utah and New Mexico, culture is as diverse as the landscape. A popular state, Colorado is a land of extremes in every sense of the word which makes for an ideal destination for travelers with a wide variety of interests today.
Take a look at some of the most unique and lesser known facts about Colorado on your journey to the 38th state with Bill Bailey Travel Club.
- Highest Point – Mt. Elbert; 14,433 feet
- State Motto – “Nil sine Numine” – Nothing Without Providence
- Dinosaur Fossils Found in Colorado – Allosaurus, Amphicoelias, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Cathetosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Cionodon, Denversaurus, Diplodocus, Dryosaurus, Dystylosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Epanterias, Haplocanthosaurus, Marshosaurus, Nanosaurus, Ornithomimus, Othnielia, Polyonax, Stegosaurus, Supersaurus, Torvosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, Ultrasauros
- Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000 ft high and 54 above 14,000 ft.
- Land area: 103,717 sq mi.
- Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics.
- The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line.
- The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
- Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.
- 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.
We hope that you have enjoyed our visit to Colorado, the Centennial State, and hope that you will come back for the next installment of travel facts with Bill Bailey Travel Club. Enjoy your next vacation and explore the world. Bill Bailey Travel Club reminds you to travel safe and explore the great United States.