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Colorado is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. Colorado may also be considered to be a part of the Western, Southwestern, Midwestern, and Central regions of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 4,753,377 in 2006, a 10.49% increase since U.S. Census 2000. Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Citizens of Colorado are known as Coloradans.
The State of Colorado is defined as the geospherical rectangle that stretches from 37°N to 41°N latitude and from 102°03’W to 109°03’W longitude (25°W to 32°W from the Washington Meridian). Colorado is one of only three U.S. states (with Wyoming and Utah) that have only lines of latitude and longitude for boundaries.
The summit of Mount Elbert at 4401 meters (14,440 feet) elevation in Lake County is the state’s highest point and the highest point in the entire Rocky Mountains. Colorado has approximately 550 mountain peaks that exceed 4000 meters (13,123 feet) elevation. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters (3281 feet) elevation. The state’s lowest elevation is 1010 meters (3315 feet) at the point on the eastern boundary of Yuma County where the Arikaree River flows into the State of Kansas.
East of the Southern Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3315 to 6562 feet (1010 to 2000 meters). The states of Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east. The plains are sparsely settled with most population along the South Platte and the Arkansas rivers. Rainfall is meager, averaging from 12 to 18 inches (300 to 450 millimeters) annually. There is some irrigated farming, but much of the land is used for dryland farming or ranching. Winter wheat is a typical crop and most small towns in the region boast both a water tower and a grain elevator.
The bulk of Colorado’s population lives along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor. This region is partially protected from prevailing storms by the high mountains to the west.
To the west lies the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains with notable peaks such as Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg in the south. This area drains to the east, is forested, and partially urbanized.
News from the Durango Herald
Nov 27, 2014 3:25 am
The mural that members of the National Arts Honor Society at Durango High School created on a campus wall this week calls attention to a surprisingly little known service ? the school-based health cen...
Nov 27, 2014 3:20 am
COLORADO SPRINGS ? The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion.Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington have all submitted spending plans under that ma...
Nov 27, 2014 3:14 am
After a furious last-minute bidding war, the weeklong dinosaur head auction ended with Karen Zink writing a $5,000 check to Durango Arts Center, and, fittingly, another mystery.Once Studio & decla...
Nov 27, 2014 3:11 am
Meetings and EventsDurango Turkey Trot, 5 mile race and 1 mile run for kids, 10 a.m., Fort Lewis College Clock Tower, check-in, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Education Business Hall lobby, service, 10:30-11:30 a.m...
Nov 27, 2014 3:10 am
BAYFIELD ?Thanksgiving may be frantic for Xiomara ?Mara? Cuellar, but she already knows what she?ll be giving thanks for, not just today, but for some time to come.Over the next four days, she and her...
Nov 27, 2014 3:10 am
DENVER ? Whether it?s Denver, Durango, Colorado Springs or Grand Junction, Colorado airports will be bustling this week with people catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations. While the thoug...
Nov 27, 2014 3:10 am
DENVER ? Travelers headed to and from Denver International Airport can now get a ride through Lyft.Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery on Tuesday told The Denver Post that the ride-sharing service was ...
Nov 27, 2014 3:09 am
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