Colorado is located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States and belongs to the western and southwestern region. Its borders are Wyoming to the north, New Mexico and Oklahoma to the south, Arizona to the southwest, Nebraska and Kansas to the east and Utah to the west.
The capital of Colorado is Denver, which is also the most populous city within the state. The Inhabitants are known as "Coloradans", although the ancient name "Coloradoan" is still used.
Colorado offers magnificent scenery of mountains, which have a great influence on the climate. The southern Colorado is not really warmer than the northern Colorado and the whole state is affected by the mountains and the surrounding valleys. A main climate division occurs between the Rocky Mountains in the west and the plains in the east and extreme weather is very common in Colorado. The lowest temperature is about 33° Fahrenheit (December / January), while the highest temperature reaches approx. 80° Fahrenheit in the summer. Thunderstorms and Tornados are also quite common within the state.
On March 3rd, 1875, the United States Congress passed an enabling act, specifying the requirements for the Territory of Colorado to become a state. On August 1st, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting the State of Colorado the Union as the 38th state.
The right to vote for women was granted on November 1893.
To a lot of people Colorado means the Old West, even thought the Old West is not really that old at all. It is said that hunters from Siberia crossed into Colorado 11000 years ago. But in recent history, the Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the southwest region of Colorado.
Colorado is very famous for its incredible landscape. Within the state you can find about 54 mountain peaks, green forests, fields of wildflowers, mountain lakes, grasslands and red rock formations.
You have the possibility to enjoy the beautiful landscape in one of four national parks. Colorado is also home to 25 scenic and historic side roads, including ghost towns, ancient ruins and some of the oldest trains in the West.
Colorado's population mostly consists of Christians, although, like most other Western states, there is a high percentage of people, who do not belong to a religion. Within Colorado (and specially the city of Colorado Springs) you can find many different Christian groups, many of them Evangelical. Catholics are also quite popular in Colorado and are becoming more and more popular with Latino immigrants.
There are many things to do in Colorado: you can join a sporting event or go to a spa, enjoy a free day at the amusement park or live like an actual cowboy on a working ranch. Nearly every day of the year, there is something going on in Colorado: rodeos, concerts, wine, beer, arts and crafts festivals - Colorado offers something for every taste. If you're looking for some good inspiration, the guide '100 Best Things to do in Colorado' will give you a great overview of all the exciting things this US state has to offer.