One of the most beautiful states in America, Colorado boasts a highly educated populace with rich cultural diversity and activities for a range of interests. Culture buffs have access to museums, classical music and a great local music scene, Broadway shows and film festivals.

Sports lovers can take in professional basketball, football, baseball and hockey games, as well as soccer, lacrosse and arena football. Adventurers will feel at home with access to skiing, all-terrain driving and whitewater rafting, and outdoor enthusiasts can camp, hike, mountain bike and fish in breathtaking national parks such as Mesa Verde National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

And let’s not forget those who are starting families. Hot-air ballooning and visits to the Royal Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument and dude ranches make for memorable trips with the kids.

Coloradoans enjoy everything from mountain biking; great shopping and skiing to nationally recognized theater, gorgeous vistas and engaging metropolitan areas and quaint mountain towns.

Colorado is a sensational scenic playground with three national parks, six national monuments, 12 national forests, 43 state parks and three national recreation areas.

The state contains 75 percent of all U.S. land registering a minimum of 10,000 feet or higher. Its mountainous area is six times that of Switzerland. Colorado has 1,000 mountain peaks that are a minimum of two miles high, and it is home to the nation’s highest continuous paved highway.

With a total area of 104,247 miles, Colorado is the eighth largest state in the nation, extending 387 miles east to west and 276 miles north to south.

The federal government owns Thirty-five percent of Colorado land. Principle mountain ranges include the eastern Front Range, the central Sawatch Range, the Park Range in the north, the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Juan Mountains in the southwest.

Perhaps the state’s most geographically noteworthy feature is the Continental Divide, which runs northeast to southwest and divides the state into the Eastern Slope and the Western Slope.



Denver's elevation in feet above sea level: 5280

Colorado highest point in feet above sea level: Mount Elbert at 14,431 feet

Statehood: August 1, 1876, the 38th state to join the union

Statehood: August 1, 1876, the 38th state to join the union

Capital is Denver

State size ranking: Colorado is the eighth largest state with a total area of 104,247 miles

The State Bird is a Lark Bunting

The State Flower is a Rocky Mountain Columbine

The State Tree is a Blue Spruce

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Driving in Colorado:

Newcomers to Colorado are required to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 30 days of relocation. Those 16 and older are eligible for a Colorado driver’s license, which costs $15 and is valid for five years.

New residents with a valid out-of-state license can obtain their Colorado license by taking it to a Department of Motor Vehicles office that issues new resident driver’s license. Driver’s license offices in the Denver metro area are listed on the Motor Vehicle Web site at Department of Revenue.

Auto Registration and Titles:

Although vehicle registrations and titles are two separate documents, the information, applications and fees for both can be obtained and taken care of through the County Clerk or Motor Vehicle Office. If you are moving to Colorado from another state, you will need to have the following information with you to register your car:

  • Certificate of Title for the Vehicle

  • Current registration Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification via a licesened vehicle dealer, emissions-testing station or law-enforcement agency

  • Emissions test requirement


Vehicle insurance coverage is mandatory and must be verified at the time of vehicle registration.

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