Ten Things I’ve Learned About Colorado

 

There’s a lot to learn about the state of Colorado and I don’t mind being a student to it, learning about its history, and what makes people love this state so much. If you’re considering moving to the area, be sure to check out jimgarciahomes.com. So I’ve decided to compile some facts here that I’ve learned on own travels throughout this state, or simply researched. 

1. A native will know you were not born in Colorado simply by the way you say, Colorado. If you say “Color-o-do”. You are not from here and they will definitely let you know what “generation native” they are. At that point I proceed to tell them I’m a third generation United States citizen. 😉 The locals say “Color-a-do” with a short “a” sound. Many do not like people moving to “their” state. My advice to anyone wanting to move here, acclimate immediately. 😉 While the state makes a lot of money on tourism, locals hate the traffic and often are not friendly to outsiders. 

The story about this sign in the news: http://www.imfromdenver.com/somebody-hacked-this-colorado-road-sign-with-a-hilarious-message/

2. The land east of the Rocky Mountains is called the “front range”, the land west of the Rockies is called the Western Slope. We’ve lived in both areas. 

3. People who live in the state of Colorado are not Coloradoans. They are Coloradans. However, Fort Collins has a magazine titled “The Coloradoan“. 

4. People wear the state flag as a trendy thing. In Arizona state flag shirts were not a thing. When I moved here and started working at my kids’ school, we had a state pride week and I was asked to wear all things “Colorado”. I now have two t-shirts, a sweatshirt and some earrings with the state flag on it.

5. Colorado is known for its Palisade peaches. A little town on the western border of Colorado produces these mouth-watering peaches and they are so proud of these peaches you can’t find peaches any other time of year here. Only when they are in season. I have searched grocery stores because my son loves peaches but you can’t find them unless they are canned or in season. It is Palisade all the way here or not at all. Of course, I might be able to find some at Farmer’s Markets when the market is running. I’ve already scouted out where Fort Collin’s Market is located. Right now its shut down for the winter. 

6. The United States Airforce is located in Colorado Springs. I mean come on Norad sits right at the base of Pike’s Peak and we’ve had the amazing opportunity to watch those cadets in flight! The sight of those jets in flight is pretty amazing! We visited the Air Force Academy in March of 2016

7. Along with the link you can click above with our trip to Colorado Springs a couple of Marches ago, we also visited the Royal Gorge Bridge which is the highest suspension bridge in the world at 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River in Canon City, Colorado. (Source) We have walked over this bridge. It is terrifying and extremely cold in March. 

8. Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet. Stumped about this one? It’s all in the elevation. 😉 With 54 14ers (a Colorado way of saying a 14,000-foot mountain) you can see why Colorado claims 75 percent of the U.S.’s land mass. (source)

9. Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland. Meaning people will postmark their mail from “Loveland” just to send a Valentine! Since this is where I live, Valentine’s Day around here is sure to be lovely. In fact, lots of businesses and dwellings display statues similar to the one below. It’s a Loveland thing. 

Image Credit: Find out more about Loveland Hearts Here: http://www.lovelandheartpictures.com/

“The Sweetheart City” as its known, really celebrates this holiday in a special way! Love notes from couples can be found all around Lake Loveland on Valentine’s day. I’ve walked around this lake a few times.

Image Credit: Visit http://www.visitlovelandco.org/valentines-day-in-loveland/ to learn more about Loveland’s Valentine’s day traditions.

 

10. John Henry “Doc” Holliday’s brief and tumultuous existence led him to Glenwood Springs where he succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel Glenwood on November 8, 1887. We’ve also been to his grave. We came to visit Glenwood Springs before we moved here and learned a lot about its cowboy outlaw western history. In fact, the Joneses have a favorite little thing only those who know the movies with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday will get. “Well Bye!” or “I’ll be your Huckleberry”.  Actually, there’s a myriad of one-liners I could list here for you, but I’ll stick to these two. 

 

Bonus Fact:

11. The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. It was constructed at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide. It is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles. We’ve been through this tunnel a handful of times and often when it’s closed, it’s the only way over to the front range. You could take highway 9 up to highway 40 to get through, but there’s no guarantee especially during inclement weather over the Rockies. 

 

These are just a few interesting facts about Colorado. I am happy to be a “transplant” here even if it does piss off some locals. I will learn its history, buy from local businesses and contribute to the local economy the best I can and enjoy my new home. We’ve already been more touristy in this state than we ever were in Arizona. I’m not knocking Arizona in any way, but Colorado is amazing and we have so many summer plans to visit more parts of Colorado and Wyoming since we live so close to that state as well. 

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30 thoughts on “Ten Things I’ve Learned About Colorado

  1. I appreciated your information on Colorado. I have spent a good part of my life moving around, but I have not made a visit to Colorado. I found it interesting on how the locals pronounce their state.

  2. I’ve never been to Colorado before but it seems like such a fun place to visit (and live!). I’d never heard of Loveland but I love the fact that people send Valentine’s there. How cute!

  3. Colorado is a beautiful state. People mispronounce Illinois by using the S all the time, we don’t get upset. Wonderful the locals like the tourist money but hopefully they will learn to be nicer to those who decide to stay.

  4. I have always wanted to visit Colorado so thank you for the reminder of adding this to my “Travel Bucket List.” Love the fact that it’s referred to as “Loveland.” Love it!

  5. So cool! We used to live in Wyoming and sometimes we’d actually drive to Fort Collins for the extra shopping. It was always a pretty state! I never checked out the market though. Dang it!

  6. My southern sister married a guy from Colorado and has lived there for over 25 years. I’ve visited many times. She lives near Colorado Springs so that’s the area I’ve visited the most. It’s such a pretty state!

  7. I have family that lives in Colorado and I’ve visiting the area for business several times. I’ve always enjoyed our visits. Last time I was there, my aunt and I packed a lunch and headed for the mountains. We watched as a herd of deer and a few elk passed nearby. It was amazing to be so upfront and close to nature.

  8. I lived in Colorado for 2 years right after I graduated high school. I absolutely loved it. I visited several parts of the state while living there. This was a wonderful read.

  9. I haven’t been to Colorado for years but I had a great experience when I was there. I didn’t know that the locals hated interlopers so much–that’s a bummer for someone like me who is used to Midwestern hospitality.

    1. I would say not every Coloradan is like that. Sadly the state has experienced a lot of growth lately and its been hard for them to keep up. In person, many Coloradans are very nice. Online though, the others come out in the woodworks and there’s a TV station in Denver that likes to perpetuate the problem with so-called “transplants” by creating content that drives the divide between transplants and native.

  10. I did not know all of this about Colorado, we actually drive from Wisconsin to California every other summer. Taking the long way and stopping in a ton of places, Colorado is always on our stopping point. Vail in the summer is just as fun and adventurous as it is in winter.

  11. We recently considered relocating to Colorado. I don’t much about the state but it sure looks and sounds nice. If giving the opportunity again, we’re likely going to take it.

  12. My family and I enjoyed a vacation in Colorado a few years back and we just can’t get over how beautiful the state is. The Rocky Mountains are so majestic! We have missed going to the Royal Gorge Bridge! My sons would have been thrilled to be there. I should make sure I go visit each and every place you’ve mentioned in this article the next time we plan a trip back there.

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