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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
Aug 31, 2016 12:12 am
DENVER ? Proponents of a $25 billion single-payer health care ballot effort say the proposal would be adequately funded, despite an independent study that said otherwise.ColoradoCare supporters held a...
Aug 31, 2016 12:08 am
A proposed apartment complex along Florida Road received an early approval from the Durango Planning Commission Tuesday.Local owners Catherine and Richard Milton are looking to build a 50 units for re...
Aug 31, 2016 12:06 am
The driver of the vehicle that rolled over on U.S. Highway 160 near Bayfield remained in critical condition late Tuesday, and his two passengers have been officially released from treatment.Frances Ta...
Aug 31, 2016 12:03 am
Take a look back at the Durango Herald?s top photos of the week.
Aug 30, 2016 11:50 pm
Welcome to the second day of classes: Water was restored at 5 p.m. Tuesday after a sewage leak at Fort Lewis College forced the shut off of most of the water on campus.The leak had tied up traffic alo...
Aug 30, 2016 11:29 pm
Celebrate the harvest with chefsThe first Eat Local Harvest Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 on the Smiley Building lawn, 1309 East Third Ave.The meal will benefit Local First and La Plata Count...
Aug 30, 2016 11:28 pm
Meetings and EventsKiwanis of the Narrow Gauge meeting, 6:45-7:30 a.m., Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., 375-0079.Bird walk organized by For the Birds, 8 a.m., Rotary Park, 382-9396.
Aug 30, 2016 11:26 pm
Through lively and sometimes emotional discussion, rural La Plata County residents suggested regulatory solutions to one of the county?s favorite subjects: barking dogs.At a Tuesday open house on the ...
Aug 30, 2016 11:25 pm
The Arc of History at the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection will be taken down sometime after Labor Day, but the final fate of the sculpture has not been decided.The sculpture was vandalized, likely ...
Aug 30, 2016 11:25 pm
Durango PoliceMonday1:18 p.m. Someone in a black Jeep Cherokee was suspected of taking drugs near the dumpster in the 1900 block of East Third Avenue.6:43 p.m. Someone in the 1000 block of Three Sprin...
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