With our Colorado roots planted in 1970, Colorado Public Radio has amassed a lot of information about the Centennial state in the last four decades. Our marketing team went through the archives to highlight some of the Colorado trivia CPR News has uncovered over the years.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Colorado’s population is just over 5.5 million
The Rocky Mountain big horn sheep is the state’s official animal
Also the mascot of Colorado State University, you’ll see these animals dotting the cliffs along I-70. While the big horn sheep have the official designation, Colorado is home to a variety of wildlife. From alligator wrestling in the San Luis Valley, to pack burro racing (the state’s official summer heritage sport) in Fairplay, there’s no shortage of interesting and usual wildlife in Colorado.
There are 25 national historic landmarks in Colorado.
At 14,439 feet, Mt. Elbert is the highest point in the state.
And Coloradans are enthralled by the state’s reputation for high altitude. Whether it’s summiting 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks or calling the highest town in the country home, people feel a strong sense of pride around “Rocky Mountain High.”
Other fun facts about the Centennial State:
The road to Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America.
The suspension bridge over the Royal Gorge is the highest in the country.
Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America.
The first stegosaurus ever found was in Grand Junction.
Join CPR for "Atlas of a Lost World," a conversation with author Craig Childs and Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. Enjoy radio in the making at this special event in Grand Junction on Friday, July 13.