Colorado Captivating Facts

Did you know…?

  • Colorado is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America
  • Colorado is the only state to turn down hosting the Olympics
  • The 13th step at the State Capitol Building is exactly 1 mile above sea level
  • The Eisenhower Tunnel is one of the highest altitude tunnels in the world
  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in the US
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest railway in North America
  • Colorado has the world’s largest flat top mountain, Grand Mesa
  • The highest paved road in North America is Mount Evans Scenic Byway
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the world
  • Colorado’s southwest corner, aka the four corners, boarders Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah – it’s the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.
  • The United States has a total of 91 “fourteeners” (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet). Fifty-six of them are in Colorado.
  • It was on top of Pikes Peak (another Colorado 14er) in 1893 that Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to “America the Beautiful”.
  • Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the United States with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
  • The world’s largest natural hot springs pool is located in Glenwood Springs, running two city blocks long.
  • Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,430 feet above sea level.

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