Our Favorite Colorado Stats and Trivia

  • Colorado has the largest wild elk herd in the world and the largest alligator farm in the world.
  • Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics.
  • The State Capitol used almost the entire contents of the Beulah Red Marble Quarry for its construction. The only places to get the leftovers? McClelland Library and the Pueblo County Courthouse.
  • The Blue Spruce is the official state tree. It’s native to the Rocky Mountains but has been introduced to many places around the world.
  • The National Western Stock Show is the largest stock show in the world by number of animals.
  • While other architects shun the number 13 out of superstition, the 13th step of the State Capitol is exactly one mile above sea level.
  • At 14,130 feet, Colorado has the highest paved road in North America.
  • Colorado has the highest average elevation of any U.S. state.
  • The Shining is based on Stephen King’s inspiration from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.
  • A lot of places in Colorado enjoy almost 300 days of sunshine—depending on how you define “a day of sunshine” that is.
  • During much of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Denver was known as “the Harlem of the West” for its huge jazz scene.
  • The first Stegosaurus bones were found in Colorado.
  • Colorado has the world’s largest hot springs pool.
  • The southwest corner of the state is part of the only place where four state borders come together. The Four Corners monument is off by about 1/3 of a mile.
  • At a height of 956 ft, the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. is in Colorado.
  • Lindsay Vonn, Tim Allen, Jack Dempsey, Madeleine Albright, and John Elway are all from Colorado.
  • Colorado has olathe sweet cord, Palisade peaches, Pueblo chilies, Rocky Ford cantaloupe…and Rocky Mountain “oysters.”


2 thoughts on “Our Favorite Colorado Stats and Trivia”

  1. These are great. I’m a teacher, and I wrote these on flashcards for my first graders–they love learning about their state!

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