About Colorado Counties
This twenty-second most populous state of the United States of America gets its name from the Colorado river, which the Spanish named ‘Rio Colorado’ for the reddish silt the river carved from the mountains. This ‘Centennial State’ of the US,
Colorado, the eighth largest state of the US, comprises a total area of 104,094 square miles. Wyoming shares a border with Colorado in the north whereas Kansas and Nebraska are to its east and northeast. The southern border is shared with the states of Oklahoma and New Mexico and the western boundary is shared with the state of Utah whereas Arizona lies to its southwest. There is one common point where the four states of the US: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico come together, which is famous as the Four Corners. The point is also called as the heart of the southwestern America.
Some prominent Counties of Colorado
Colorado is administered effectively through the various county seats in the state as it is segregated into 64 counties in total. Some of the main counties of the state are Denver County, Rio Grande County, San Juan County, Lake County, Adams County, Baca County, and Broomfield County.
Adams County, with the county seat as Brighton, is spread over an area of 1,184 square miles. The county hosts an annual ‘Adams County Fair’ where various events, races, and contests are held for the visitors of the fair. The Butterfly Pavilion situated in Westminster is a unique insect zoo in the county. The Water World is a water-based amusement park spread in an area of 67 acres, thereby making it in the list of the largest water parks of the country. For all the golf lovers in the state, the Colorado Golf Club serves the purpose efficiently.
Baca County is another place that the state boasts of, with its county seat being the Springfield City. The place, which is spread in an area of 2,557 square miles, offers amazing sightseeing in the various hidden canyons of the prairie and the delightful wildlife of the grasslands. Eight Mile corner, Comanche National Grassland, and Picture Canyon are the notable places here.
Denver is the city-county of Colorado established in 1858. Denver, the capital and also the most populous city of Colorado, offers a whole array of opportunities to its visitors and tourists. Right from Denver Art Museum to Denver Zoo, from State Capitol Building to Downtown Aquarium and Opera Houses, this city-county, with an area of 155 square miles, provides entertainment and luxury to one and many alike. The Downtown Aquarium is the biggest aquarium between California and Chicago. The place offers its visitors amazing encounters with the various sea creatures like sea turtles, sharks, rainbow fish, sea otters, and stingrays in gallons of water at the aquarium.
El Paso County
The most populous county of the state, El Paso, has Colorado Springs, the second most populated city in Colorado, as its county seat. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only zoo in the US, which is located on the mountainside. The Zoo houses over 750 animals, constituting 150 different species, including over 30 endangered species. Seven Falls, the string of seven gushing waterfalls, in the South Cheyenne Canyon of Colorado is a large visitor attraction.
The county seat of Lake County (established in 1861) is Leadville, which is the lone municipality here. The county, is home to Mount Elbert, which is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains. Ski Cooper, Dexter Cabin, and Holy Cross Wilderness are other places to see in the county.
Rio Grande County
Rio Grande County formed in 1874 and the county seat being Del Norte is situated in the San Luis Valley is the gateway for the San Juan Mountains. The county, whose total area is 912 square miles, is home to the Rio Grande County Museum, Rio Grande National Forest, San Juan Forest, and Wolf Creek Ski area.
San Juan County
The least populous county of the state and established in 1876 is San Juan County. With the county seat as Silverton, it is also the highest county in the entire US having an average elevation of 3,426 meters. Kendall Mountain, Shenandoah-Dives Mill Museum, San Juan Skyway, and Weminuche Wilderness the prominent places to visit in the county.
Universities and Colleges
There are many world-class universities and colleges in the state of Colorado. These include Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Denver, Adams State University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Redstone College, Fort Lewis College, and Aims Community College among others. Also, there are several private institutions providing for the higher education of the students.
Last Updated : July 14, 2015
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