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Colorado Travel Attractions: Rocky Mountain High

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

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Rocky Mountain High

It is no wonder that Colorado is such a favorite vacation spot for many people at all times of the year. It is filled with wondrous and varied attractions and has been forever memorialized by songwriter and performer John Denver with his original creation of "Rocky Mountain High."

That title is most appropriate especially since Colorado is graced with the interesting statistic of having "the highest lowest elevation" of any of our 50 states in the United States. That lowest elevation is at a lofty 3,317 feet (1,011 meters) of measurement above sea level.

It soars from there topping out at 14,440 feet (4,401 meters) above sea level at Mount Elbert. Of course there are many other peaks of the Rocky Mountains which offer spectacular scenery in which to enjoy in various manners including rock climbing, skiing, photography, wildlife watching, hiking or taking scenic drives.

Join me for a look at some of the locations in Colorado that you just might wish to add to your bucket list of desired places to visit.

Colorado Facts

Evidence of Native Americans living in the Colorado region goes back over 13,000 years! People from the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations have all resided there.

There are still Native Americans living in Colorado today and evidence of past lifestyles of these people are left in petroglyphs that can be found in various places as well as cliff dwellings that can still be viewed. Other relics attest to their having lived and died in these parts.

Dinosaur relics can also be seen in Colorado.

Colorado was named for the mighty Colorado River that flows through portions of the state and it is nicknamed the Centennial State for the reason that it was admitted to the union on August 1, 1876. That was 100 years after our United States Declaration of Independence was signed in the year 1776 and thus the nickname for this 38th state of our union.

Old silver and gold mining towns as well as some ghost towns grace the landscape in parts of Colorado.

People living in Colorado for the most part are among the healthiest of people living in the United States. It is no wonder! Unless one never sets foot outdoors there are endless activities all times of the year in which to participate.

What makes it even better is that beautiful scenery that often adorns postcards and calendars and artist's portrayals in paintings and sculptures lies just outside.