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Colorado is a U.S. state encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most populous and 22nd largest state.
See the fact file below for more interesting facts on the state of Colorado or alternatively you can download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment
Became a State
August 1, 1876 (38th)
Rocky Mountain Region; considered in western – southwestern region of the United States
104, 094 sq. miles (8th)
Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Golden
cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, hay, tourism (winter & summer sports)
winter generally cold in elevated locations, and summers hot, except in elevated locations
averages 10 t0 15 inches (depends on elevation)
Professional Sports Teams
Denver Bronco (National Football League)
Colorado Rockies (Major League Baseball)
Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League)
Denver Nuggets (National Basketball Association)
Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League)
Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse)
Colorado Chill (National Women’s Basketball League)
Colorado River, La Poudic Pass Lake, Lake Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, Gunnison River
Most Famous Citizens
Tim Allen (actor)
M. Scott Carpenter (astronaut)
Lon Chaney (actor)
Jack Dempsey (boxer)
Paul Whiteman ( orchestra conductor)
Gene Fowler (writer)
Bird – Lark Bunting
Flower – Columbine
Animal – Big Horn Sheep
Tree – Blue Spruce
Insect – Hairstreak Butterfly
Additional Facts & State Information:
- The Spanish explorers named the river as Rio Colorado, which means colored river. ‘Colorado’ means ‘colored red’ in Spanish.
- For over 13,000 years ago, the territory of Colorado was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Ute, Apache, Comanche, Arapaho and Cheyenne nations.
- In 1803, the United States claimed the eastern Rocky Mountains located in Colorado as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
- On February 28, 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan signed the Act organizing the free state of Colorado.
- Colorado was tagged as the “Centennial State” after its admission to the Union as the 38th state of U.S
- In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike discovered the southwestern boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. The route named after him became famous when gold reserves were found in the area.
- In 1976, Colorado became the only state in history to reject the chance to host the Winter Olympics. The state voters voted to cancel the event due to infrastructure costs and environmental concerns.
- Colorado Springs is the home of the United States Air Force Academy.
- Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States with the total area of 34,000 acres.
- Colorado is known as the highest state because it has the highest mean elevation compared to any other state.
- Fountain, Colorado, was nicknamed the “millennium city” because it reflects the overall composition of America.
- The Western Stock Show in Denver holds the largest Rodeo show in the world.
- The Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa is the tallest with a 46,000 acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks.
- Denver is the capital of Colorado. Some of its largest cities are Pueblo, Aurora, Lakewood, Thornton, Boulder, Parker, Loveland, Arvada and Greeley.
- The climate is generally cold due to its elevated geography. The state’s major waterways include the Colorado River, La Poudic Pass Lake, Lake Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, and Gunnison River. It also houses 222 state wildlife areas.
- Some of Colorado’s famous citizens are Tim Allen (actor), M. Scott Carpenter (astronaut), Jack Dempsey (boxer) and Gene Fowler (writer).
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Colorado Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Colorado which is a U.S. state encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most populous and 22nd largest state.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Colorado Facts
- The Centennial State
- Famous Citizens
- State Symbols
- Native Americans
- Only in Colorado
- Towns and Cities
- Colorado Gold Rush
- Colorado Landmarks
- Let’s Sing!
- Come and Visit Colorado!
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