Colorado – The Centennial State

Rocky Mountain reflection in one of the string of Alta Lakes outside Telluride, Colorado.

The Rocky Mountains outside Telluride, Colorado, by Carol Highsmith.

Greetings from Colorado

Greetings from Colorado Postcard. Available at Legends’ General Store.

Majestic peaks, lush valleys, a history rich with mining tales, the life and death of boomtowns, and rags-to-riches stories are the focus of Colorado Legends.

Tumbling down gold mines and virtually intact ghost towns dot the landscape, along with bustling cities filled with events and festivals. Colorado’s four national parks, 13 national forests, and 42 state parks offer ever-boundless adventure opportunities, including camping, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, and horseback riding.

In the Fall, the foliage of the mountains and valleys is absolutely breathtaking, and wildlife viewing opportunities are everywhere. In the winter, bring your skis and snowboards and enjoy the slopes of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. You’re going to love it here!

There is much to experience in Colorado; you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your travels in Colorado, and welcome to the Centennial State.

Kathy R. Alexander

Colorado FlagThe official state flag of Colorado was adopted on June 5, 1911. Andrew Carlisle Johnson designed it in 1911. The white in the flag symbolizes Colorado’s snow-capped mountains, the blue symbolizes clear blue skies, the red symbolizes the reddish soil, and the golden yellow represents the Sun. Attached to the flag is a cord of gold and silver intertwined with gold and silver tassels.

Garden of the Gods at Colorado Springs, Kathy Alexander.

Garden of the Gods at Colorado Springs, Kathy Alexander.

Victor, Colorado by Kathy Alexander.

Victor, Colorado by Kathy Alexander.

Cowboys in North Park, Colorado by Carol Highsmith.

Cowboys in North Park, Colorado, by Carol Highsmith.


Colorado Forts

Colorado Indian Battles

Colorado Postcards

Ghost Towns & Mining Camps

Haunted Colorado

Historic People

Indian Battles

Photo Galleries

Quirky Colorado

Trails & Byways

Treasure Tales


The Alpine Tunnel – An Engineering Marvel

The Argonauts and the Founding of Denver

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Central City – Boom & Bust

Colorado Fun Facts & Trivia

Colorado River – A Hardworking Waterway

Creede Colorado – Silver & Gold on the Rio Grande

Cripple Creek – World’s Greatest Gold Camp

Dinosaur National Monument

Discovery of the Rocky Mountains

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango – Railroad Town of the Southwest

Early Exploration and the Fur Trade in Colorado

Early Mining and Transportation in Southwestern Colorado

The Fatal Flight of UA 629

For the History Buff: 10 Fascinating Historical Sites of Colorado

Granada – On the Santa Fe Trail

Historic Sites of the Southwest

Hovenweep National Monument

Julesburg – Wicked in the West

Lake City, Colorado

Leadville – Cloud City, USA

Mesa Verde National Park

Midland Trail – First Transcontinental Auto-Trail

Ouray – Switzerland of America

The Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and Colorado Territory

Rocky Mountain National Park

San Luis Valley – First Settlers

Santa Fe Trail – Highway to the Southwest

Santa Fe Trail in Colorado

Silverton – High in the San Juans

The Silverton Railroad of the San Juan Mountains

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park

So You Want to Climb a Colorado Fourteener

Trinidad – Coal Queen of Colorado

Writing Credits

Bent's Fort, Colorado by Kathy Alexander

Bent’s Fort, Colorado by Kathy Alexander.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated February 2024.

Also See:

Destinations Across America

National Parks

United States Geography

U.S. States