Colorado: Map, Largest Cities & What to See

Petr Novák

Colorado is a mountainous state in the western United States. It is named after the river of the same name that flows through the state. Colorado is Spanish for red, which is the color of the river due to the silt deposits. Colorado’s most famous landmarks include the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

Colorado: Map, Largest Cities & What to See

Map of Colorado / Where is Colorado?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic Information About Colorado
  2. What to See in the State of Colorado
  3. Fun Facts about Colorado
  4. Colorado Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Colorado
  6. Food Prices in Colorado
  7. State Symbols of Colorado

Basic Information About Colorado

What to See in the State of Colorado

  1. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  2. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  3. Mesa Verde National Park
  4. Rocky Mountain National Park
  5. Pikes Peak Mountain in the Pike National Forest Preserve
  6. Garden of the Gods rock formation near Colorado Springs
  7. Trek to Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
  8. Mount Evans
  9. The former gold mining town of Black Hawk
  10. Dinosaur National Monument

For tips on other sights and places of interest in Colorado, post in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Colorado

Date of Colorado’s entry into the Union

August 1, 1876 (38th in order)

State of Colorado nickname

The Centennial State

The Highest Mountain in Colorado

Mount Elbert (4,401 metres)

Colorado Rivers

  1. Rio Grande (3,051 km)
  2. Arkansas River (2,364 km)
  3. Colorado River (2,330 km)
  4. Canadian River (1,458 km)
  5. Green River (1,170 km)

Airports in Colorado

  1. Denver International Airport
  2. Colorado Springs Munincipal Airport
  3. Grand Junction Regional Airport
  4. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
  5. Durango-La Plata County Airport

Sports Teams in Colorado

  • NFL (American football): Denver Broncos
  • MLB (baseball): Colorado Rockies
  • MLS (football): Colorado Rapids
  • NHL (ice hockey): Colorado Avalanche
  • NBA (basketball): Denver Nuggets

Universities in Colorado

  • University of Colorado
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Denver

ZIP Codes


Colorado Weather | Colorado Average Temperatures | Colorado Average Precipitation

Colorado Weather

Colorado is a mountainous state, which greatly affects the weather. Generally speaking, as the elevation increases, the temperature decreases and in turn, precipitation levels increase.

Eastern Colorado is known for its abundance of sunshine and summer temperatures climbing to 38 °C. As warm as it is in the summer, the weather is colder in the winter. The average temperature is around -10 °C, but frosts of -24 °C are not uncommon. Snowstorms are common in winter and early spring.

In western Colorado, it is not hot in summer, with temperatures generally only between 17 °C and 28 °C. In winter, days alternate between clear, sunny weather and heavy snowstorms.

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Largest Cities in Colorado

# City Population Map
1 Denver 663,862 Show on Map
2 Colorado Springs 445,830 Show on Map
3 Aurora 353,108 Show on Map
4 Fort Collins 156,480 Show on Map
5 Lakewood 149,643 Show on Map
6 Thornton 130,307 Show on Map
7 Arvada 113,574 Show on Map
8 Westminster 112,090 Show on Map
9 Pueblo 108,423 Show on Map
10 Centennial 107,201 Show on Map

Food Prices in Colorado

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $8.50
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $6.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.62
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.98
  • Milk (1 l): $0.86
  • Bread (500 g): $2.70
  • Rice (1 kg): $3.28
  • Egg (12 pcs): $2.31
  • Cheese (1 kg): $14.53
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $8.21
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $12.91
  • Apples (1 kg): $3.75
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.46
  • Oranges (1 kg): $3.55
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $3.62
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $1.81
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.83
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $2.77
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.00

Food prices in the city of Denver effective January 2021. Take these as a guide, they vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Colorado Flag | Colorado State Emblem

State Symbols of Colorado

  • Gemstone: beryl
  • Fossil: stegosaurus
  • Stone: Yule Creek Valley marble
  • Flower: Rockrose
  • Folk Dance: Square Dance
  • Mineral: rodochrosite
  • Mothyle: Coloradian Oystercatcher
  • Song: Where the Columbines Grow, Rocky Mountain High
  • Snake: ornamental jelly
  • Bird: Lark Bunting
  • Fish: yellowtail trout
  • Savannah: fat-tailed sheep
  • Tree: spruce

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