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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 22, 2016 9:47 pm
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ? Volunteers who cleaned up the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs found everything from flip flops to a computer monitor hiding in the water. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports t...
Jul 22, 2016 9:47 pm
DENVER ? Officials have identified two men whose bodies were pulled from the Colorado River in Grand Junction. The Denver Post reports that 49-year-old Richard Shoemaker and 44-year-old Gary Keffer we...
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Two Animas Valley property owners received a $72,500 settlement payment from La Plata County this week, resolving a two-year-old complaint over land-use regulations. The county paid the amount, plus m...
Jul 22, 2016 9:40 pm
When the five daughters of Roy and Thelma Valles came to town for a sisters reunion, it brought up countless memories of growing up in Durango.?We lived on West Third (Avenue) then, and whenever we he...
Jul 22, 2016 9:13 pm
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Jul 22, 2016 9:04 pm
A partnership between The Durango Herald and Colorado Treasure Hunts may score you $20.Each week, Colorado Treasure Hunts hides $20 bills around Durango. The group then posts photos of the money on th...
Jul 22, 2016 9:02 pm
A Durango woman has been cited with careless driving causing injury after hitting a bicyclist on Main Avenue.The crash occurred at 5:49 p.m. Tuesday when Shannon Ruetschle, 23, turned right from west...
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ORLANDO, Florida ? Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticke...
Jul 22, 2016 7:30 pm
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