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Capital - Denver
Nickname. Centennial State.
Population (2010 census). 5,029,196
Extent. Area, 104,091 square miles (269,595 square kilometers), including 496 square miles (1,285 square kilometers) of water surface (8th state in size).
Elevation. Highest Point - Mount Elbert, 14,433 feet (4,399 meters), near Twin Lakes.
Lowest Point - Arkansas River near Kansas line, 3,350 feet (1,021 meters); average, 6,800 feet (2,073 meters).
Geographic Center. 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Pikes Peak.
Famous Landmarks include the trendy ski town of Aspen known for its Hollywood celebrities and liberal politics. Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resort in the United States. The Great Sand Dunes National Park includes North America's tallest dunes, which rise over 750 feet high against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Alamosa.
Another fantastic National Park is Mesa Verde which is home to ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings near Cortez. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park and drive the harrowing Trail Ridge Road down the spine of the Continental Divide near Estes Park, Colorado.
Denver: The Denver area is the most populous part of the state, with the large metro capital city of Denver and its many suburbs. Denver is known as "The Mile-High City", because it sits at an altitude of 5,280 feet above sea level and lies where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Denver residents enjoy a temperate climate with about 300 days of sunshine per year and four very pronounced seasons. Denver is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for visitors and many beautiful parks. The Denver Botanic Gardens at 1005 York Street will thrill you with an array of flowers and plants from around the world.
Festivals and Fairs Fun:
Telluride Blues and Brews Festival 2014 - The annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival offers a mix of live blues, funk, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances. Lets not forget about some of the best microbreweries in the country at the festival along with a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children's activities, late night jams, and much more.
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