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Colorado is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. Colorado may also be considered to be a part of the Western, Southwestern, Midwestern, and Central regions of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 4,753,377 in 2006, a 10.49% increase since U.S. Census 2000. Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Citizens of Colorado are known as Coloradans.
The State of Colorado is defined as the geospherical rectangle that stretches from 37°N to 41°N latitude and from 102°03’W to 109°03’W longitude (25°W to 32°W from the Washington Meridian). Colorado is one of only three U.S. states (with Wyoming and Utah) that have only lines of latitude and longitude for boundaries.
The summit of Mount Elbert at 4401 meters (14,440 feet) elevation in Lake County is the state’s highest point and the highest point in the entire Rocky Mountains. Colorado has approximately 550 mountain peaks that exceed 4000 meters (13,123 feet) elevation. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters (3281 feet) elevation. The state’s lowest elevation is 1010 meters (3315 feet) at the point on the eastern boundary of Yuma County where the Arikaree River flows into the State of Kansas.
East of the Southern Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3315 to 6562 feet (1010 to 2000 meters). The states of Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east. The plains are sparsely settled with most population along the South Platte and the Arkansas rivers. Rainfall is meager, averaging from 12 to 18 inches (300 to 450 millimeters) annually. There is some irrigated farming, but much of the land is used for dryland farming or ranching. Winter wheat is a typical crop and most small towns in the region boast both a water tower and a grain elevator.
The bulk of Colorado’s population lives along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor. This region is partially protected from prevailing storms by the high mountains to the west.
To the west lies the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains with notable peaks such as Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg in the south. This area drains to the east, is forested, and partially urbanized.
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Jul 29, 2016 11:39 pm
The Arc of History at the intersection of Camino Del Rio and U.S. Highway 160 is going away.On Tuesday, the Durango Public Art Commission decided to remove the controversial piece of public art after ...
Jul 29, 2016 9:59 pm
LPEA warns customers about phone scamLa Plata Electric Association is warning its members about an impersonator claiming to be from LPEA and threatening disconnection for lack of payment. ?We?ve been ...
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Meetings and EventsDurango Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, First National Bank parking lot, Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Bayfield Roadside Park, U.S. Highway 160.
Jul 29, 2016 9:55 pm
DENVER ? U.S. Attorney John Walsh, Colorado?s top federal prosecutor during the state?s trailblazing experiment in legal marijuana, is stepping down.Walsh, who served for six years, announced his depa...
Jul 29, 2016 9:46 pm
Colorado Springs often gets hail storms in the summer, but Thursday night?s storm was a new beast.Windows of cars and homes were smashed, dents covered car hoods, roofs were beaten and cloth canopies,...
Jul 29, 2016 9:44 pm
Durango PoliceFriday2:02 a.m. A man passed out in his vehicle at the McDonald?s drive-thru window, 201 West College Drive. Police arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving.Thursday
Jul 29, 2016 9:43 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS ? Republican Donald Trump made his first official campaign stop in Colorado on Friday, attempting to win a state that shunned him on the national stage. The colorful presidential cand...
Jul 29, 2016 7:18 pm
PHILADELPHIA ? With momentum still high from the historic Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton used her rally Friday to stress the ?stark choice? voters will face between her and Republican rival Do...
Jul 29, 2016 7:09 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, ? Noted Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros says New Mexico needs a ?truth and reconciliation commission? like South Africa to address its history of violence between Hispanics and Na...
Jul 29, 2016 7:00 pm
BIG SUR, Calif. ? Lodge managers and cafe owners along California?s dramatic Big Sur coast were looking Friday at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that cre...
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