State of the Month: Colorado
Colorado, the Centennial State, became a state in 1876, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Colorado means “colored red” as a reference to the sediment rich Colorado River. The states southwest corner intersects with Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico at a single point known as the Four Corners, the only place in the country where you can actually stand in four states at the same time!
Colorado is well known for its diverse geography and natural beauty, whether it be the majestic Rocky Mountains, powdery snow, vast prairie grasslands, arid wide open plains, deep canyons and/or diverse wildlife. Due to its incredible topography earning it the nickname the “Highest State,” it comes as no surprise that it tops the charts as the highest altitude state in the USA. Colorado has the highest mean elevation out of all the states, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks over 10,000 ft high and 54 towering approximately 14,000 ft. Mt. Elbert is the highest point at 14,433 ft. Pikes Peak, the most famous of these mountains at 14,114 ft., was discovered in 1806 by U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike.
With four distinct seasons and 300 days of sunshine, it is always the perfect time to visit. The “Colorful State” boasts a lively ulinary scene, with its many farm to table restaurants, breweries vineyards and wineries. Once primarily a mining and agricultural state, Colorado’s economy is now driven by the service industries.
Did you know that Celestial Seasonings Tea got its start in Colorado? In 1969, a group of young entrepreneurs harvested fresh herbs from the Rocky Mountains. Then sold to local health food stores, the company is now one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America, serving 1.6 million cups of tea each year. You can visit the Celestial Seasonings headquarters in Boulder, CO and embark on a guided tea tour. While touring, be sure to check out the Mint Room!
Here you’ll find some cool stuff from the lovely Rocky Mountain State!