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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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Jun 30, 2016 12:02 am
Pecking furiously at the hands of volunteers, a female red-wing blackbird struggled against her captors in June. They meant well, though, seeking only to understand her and the other birds that rely o...
Jun 29, 2016 11:57 pm
It?s happened, again: The taxidermic sheep outside A Shared Blanket on Main Avenue was stolen for a second time Tuesday. Its whereabouts, and condition, remain unknown.?Can you believe it?? said owner...
Jun 29, 2016 11:00 pm
After Sherry Plowman, a Bayfield nurse, had a heart attack, she was billed more than $100 for a $1 bag of saline.?Current health insurance is comprised of outrageous artificial pricing,? she said.Colo...
Jun 29, 2016 10:47 pm
In 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost a $60 million contract after injuring himself while setting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. Learn vicariously from him and leave the ...
Jun 29, 2016 10:33 pm
A massive gust front is the likely culprit for upwards of $100,000 in damages Tuesday at Weaselskin Farm, about eight miles south of Durango on U.S. Highway 550.Mimi Thurston, whose family has ranched...
Jun 29, 2016 10:21 pm
Downtown walking tours offered in JulyDurango Friends of the Arts members will lead historic walking tours each Wednesday in July.As you stroll up Main Avenue and back down historic Third Avenue, with...
Jun 29, 2016 10:20 pm
San Juan National Forest officials issued a reminder about risks posed by lightning, especially in the high country as the summer monsoon approaches. Here are some common myths and facts about lightni...
Jun 29, 2016 10:10 pm
The Durango resident injured in a crash while cycling on Sunday has been moved out of the intensive care unit, a family friend told The Durango Herald on Wednesday.Scott Kurlander, who has been in co...
Jun 29, 2016 10:08 pm
DENVER ? The left is rejoicing, suggesting that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn may be the best thing to happen to them this year in Colorado.With his impressive showing Tuesday night ? ...
Jun 29, 2016 9:58 pm
Rules to govern lawsuits over construction defects were refined this week by the Durango City Council.A state law that exposed developers to more lawsuits over defects has slowed condominium developme...
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