Facts and Figures
Origin of Name from a Spanish
word meaning "colored red," in reference to the
Colorado River, which flows through canyons of red stone.
Area (Rank) 104,247 sq mi (8th). Population
(Rank) 5,268,367 (22nd). Capital
Denver. Admitted to Union (Rank) August 1, 1876
Symbols of Colorado
The state flag was adopted by an act of the
General Assembly on June 5, 1911. It consists of three
alternate stripes of equal width -- the two outer being
blue of the same color as in the field of the national
flag and the middle being white -- and a circular red C
of the same color as the red stripes of the national flag
enclosing a golden disk.
Verde National Park
was the first national park created specifically to
protect cultural treasures. Covering an area of 52,036
acres (about 81 square miles) in southwestern Colorado,
the park protects some of the most spectacular cliff
dwellings in the world.
is the capital of and largest city in Colorado,
and the seat of Denver County. As of 2010 the city had a
population of 600,158, and an area of 154.9 square miles.
Denver is known as the "Mile-High City" because
the 15th step to the western entrance of the State
Capitol is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.