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Colorado Living Fun Facts


  • Colorado has three National Parks, 40 state Parks, and 222 state wildlife areas.
  • Colorado has over 65,000 miles of streams, 2,500 cold-water lakes, and 360 warm-water lakes.
  • There are 52 "Fourteeners" in Colorado (mountains of at least 14,000 feet).
  • Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all the states in the U.S. and contains 75% of the land area with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
  • Colorado has the highest paved road in North America -- the road to Mt. Evans from Idaho Springs, which climbs to 14,258 feet above sea level.
  • Colorado has 26 different ski areas with some of the world's greatest snow.
  • The world's largest natural hot springs pool is located in Glenwood Springs.
  • Over 400,000 people ascend Pikes Peak each year, which climbs to 14,110 feet above sea level.
  • Colorado cities such as Denver and Colorado Springs claim an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, more sun than San Diego or Miami Beach.
  • Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.
  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world, crossing under the Continental Divide at 11,000 feet above sea level.
  • Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,430 feet.
  • The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City, which spans the Arkansas River at 1,053 feet above the canyon floor.

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