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Introduction with Resources

Colorado

FAMILY TRAVEL DESTINATION:

C O L O R A D O

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Colorado is dominated by the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, high plateau covers the western section and the eastern section begins the Great Plains.

Historically, much of the area that is now Colorado was long peopled by agriculturally-based Native Americans whose cliff dwellings can be admired today. Following the arrival of Europeans, the discovery of first gold and then silver drastically opened the state to settlers, hunters, and scalawags. The health advantages of clean, clear mountain air and water drew thousands of early settlers for "the cure." Colorado became a state in 1876.

Colorado has natural wonders galore for anyone interested in snow sports, water sports, outdoor adventure and ranches. There is also an abundance of more domestic sporting available, such as golf and tennis. The arts and cultural past-times abound in some of the most beautiful scenery the lower-48 has to offer.

This rectangular and often vertical state is bisected by the major arteries of Highways 25, 70 and 76. Most roads eventually lead to Denver.

When traveling in Colorado, prepare for fluctuating and sometimes extreme weather and temperatures. Remember those mountains around you are usually at least 14,000 feet high. When planning family vacations in mountainous areas, be certain to ask about safety for small children.

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

1625 Broadway, Suite 1700

Denver, Colorado 80202

(800) 433-2656

COLORADO PARKS & OUTDOOR RECREATION

1313 Sherman Street, Room 618

Denver, Colorado 80203

(303) 866-3437

COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

6060 Broadway

Denver, Colorado 80216

(303) 297-1192

U.S. FOREST SERVICE

11177 West Eighth Avenue

Lakewood, Colorado 80225

(303) 275-5350

(800) 280-CAMP

COLORADO SKI COUNTRY

1560 Broadway, Suite 1440

Denver, Colorado 80202

(303) 837-0793


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