Gaining statehood in 1876, Colorado is known as the Centennial State, but perhaps Colorado is better know as the home of the rugged Rocky Mountains that bisect the state from north to south. Colorado is centrally located in the continental United States, and the state’s location provides visitors and residents with a wide array of incredible natural beauty to enjoy from the eastern plains, and central Rocky Mountains to the stunning western desert canyons and mesas. Colorado is also home to some of the most attractive ranches for sale in the Untied States.
From the days when Colorado was home to herds of buffalo and nomadic Native Tribes to the boom and bust and boom again fortunes of the mining towns high in the mountains, Colorado has a rich history. Following Zebulon Pike’s exploratory expedition in 1803, which was among the first European incursions into Colorado, Hispanic settlers from the New Mexico Territory founded the town of San Luis in 1851. This was the first permanent European settlement and today it is Colorado’s oldest town. Following World War Two, veterans of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division returned to the mountains they trained for war in and became instrumental in founding skiing companies in places like Aspen and Vail.
Denver, the state’s capital and largest city, is centrally located with the state where the eastern plains rise to meet the Rocky Mountains. Most areas of the “Mile High City” enjoy great views of the mountains to the west. Sports fans statewide enjoy the fact that the city is home to successful professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball franchises. With 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation, affectionately known as “14ers,” Colorado has the highest average elevation of any state in the U.S. As home to four national parks, six national monuments, two national recreation areas, two national historic sites, three national historic trails, one national scenic trail, 11 national forests, two national grasslands, 41 national wilderness areas, two national conservation areas, seven national wildlife refuges, Colorado retains the rugged natural beauty of the untamed west that drew settlers here hundreds of years ago. These parks and wilderness areas provide an endless amount of Colorado recreational opportunities like horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, rafting, rock climbing, dirt biking and off roading, and mountain biking.
Colorado is well known for the Champagne powder that blankets the state to the delight of skiers and snowboarders every winter. Just to the west of Denver off the I-70 corridor, you’ll find some of the finest ski resorts in the nation. Other premiere ski resorts like Aspen are tucked away in the mountains across the state. Colorado enjoys a diverse economy with traditional mining, agricultural, and ranching areas supplemented by robust defense, energy, financial and manufacturing sectors. Colorado is also a top domestic producer of beer and it is at the cutting edge of the new green economy.