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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Colorado That Only Locals Know




Get ready to elevate your knowledge with 20 fun facts about Colorado that will take you to new heights! From sky-high roads to quirky origins, the Centennial State is packed with surprises that go way beyond its majestic mountains. So, buckle up and let’s embark on a fun and fascinating journey through Colorado’s lesser-known gems!

First License Plate

Colorado issued the first-ever license plates in the United States in 1908.

Four Corners

Colorado is the only state where you can stand in four states at once, thanks to the Four Corners Monument, where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah meet.

Highest Paved Road

The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America, reaching an elevation of 14,130 feet.

Tallest Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, with some dunes reaching heights of over 750 feet.


At an elevation of 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States.

World’s Deepest Hot Springs

Pagosa Springs is home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, which has been measured at over 1,000 feet deep.

Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States by total land area, covering 33,531 acres.

Rocky Mountain High

Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with an average elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level.

Beer Production

Colorado is one of the top beer-producing states in the country, with over 400 breweries and counting.


Colorado has 58 mountain peaks that rise over 14,000 feet, known as “fourteeners,” more than any other state.

The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining” and is rumored to be haunted.


Aspen was originally a mining town before becoming one of the most famous ski resorts in the world.

First State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Colorado made history in 2012 by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Dinosaur Discoveries

Colorado is rich in dinosaur fossils, with numerous discoveries made in areas like Dinosaur National Monument and the Morrison Formation.

Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge, near Cañon City, was the highest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1929, standing 956 feet above the Arkansas River.

Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells near Aspen are some of the most photographed mountains in North America due to their stunning beauty.

Pikes Peak Inspiration

The view from Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the song “America the Beautiful.”

Home of Chipotle

The first Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant opened in Denver in 1993.

High Altitude Baking

Due to the high altitude, baking in Colorado often requires adjustments in recipes to account for lower air pressure.

Cheeseburger Birthplace

Denver claims to be the birthplace of the cheeseburger, with Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In receiving a trademark for the name in 1935.

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and Pomeranian, Mochi. Leo is a lover of all things travel related outside and inside the United States. Leo has been to every continent and continues to push to reach his goals of visiting every country someday. Learn more about Leo on MuckRack.

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