13 Interesting Facts – Some Even Hitting the Record Books – About Colorado
Few can deny Colorado’s distinctive allure – from its beautiful mountain vistas to modern urban areas. Even without stepping outside of our state’s boundaries, there is so much history and beauty to explore!
Here are 13 interesting facts – some even hitting the record books – about Colorado. Not to mention some great ideas for your next road trip!
1. What is the state’s approximate population?
Colorado’s population is expected to reach 5,842,076 people in 2020. That means we’ll have added 1.5 million people in the past two decades. Nearly 91% of the newcomers settled in the Front Range, and about 8% moved to the Western Slope.
2. What is the fastest-growing county in Colorado?
Arapahoe County, which is also Colorado’s first county. By 2030, Arapahoe County is expected to become the largest county in the metro area with more than 800,000 people calling it home. It is home to 13 cities and towns, and 9 school districts.
3. What is the longest continuous commercial street in America?
Colfax Avenue in Denver, at 26.5 miles long.
4. What is the highest auto tunnel in the world?
The Eisenhower Tunnel, between Clear Creek and Summit counties. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide, it is 8,960 feet long.
5. What is the highest paved road in North America?
Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Right off I-70 near Idaho Springs, the road climbs up to 14,258 feet above sea level.
6. What is the highest suspension bridge in the world?
The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.
7. Where is the world’s largest natural hot springs pool?
It is in Glenwood Springs. The two-block long pool is across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite stop of former President Teddy Roosevelt.
8. What is the highest railway train in the world?
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, outside of Colorado Springs, runs on cogwheels and a special track with “teeth” that allow the train to climb mountains.
9. What is the highest city in the U.S.?
Leadville, Colorado which sits at 10,152 feet. The founding fathers suggested the name Leadville because there were lots of silver-named towns at the time.
10. What is the world’s largest flat-top mountain?
The Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction.
11. What is the tallest dune in North America?
The Great Sand Dunes National Park rises approximately 750 feet above the floor of the San Luis Valley.
12. What is the largest city park system in the nation?
Denver – with 14,000 acres of mountain parks and 2,500 acres of natural areas.
13. What is the single largest producer of coins in the world?
The Denver Mint, in downtown Denver. You can tell if a coin is made in Denver by a D mark.
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