By Averi Cochran

Basic Facts

Colorado's population: 5,029,196 people (2012)

Colorado's capital city: Denver

Colorado's most populated city: Denver with 600,158 people (2012)

Colorado's nickname: The Centennial State

Colorado's state motto: Nothing without providence

Colorado's state songs: "Where the Columbines Grow" and "Rocky Mountain High"

Colorado's state animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado's state bird: Lark Bunting

Colorado's state fossil: Stegosaurus fossil

Colorado's state tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

Colorado's state flower: White and Lavender Columbine

Colorado's state mineral: Rhodochrosite (2002)

Colorado's state rock/stone: Yule Marble (2004)

Colorado's state gemstone: Aquamarine (1971)

John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
State Song of Colorado

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The rocks are a red color because they are made of iron oxide. The iron oxide rusts and gives the rocks their red color. There are many rock formations in the Garden of Gods. Such as The Kissing Camels and The Siamese Twins.

Extra Info

* "Where the Columbines Grow" was the first state song of Colorado.

* You can remember how to spell Colorado by thinking color-ado.

* Colorado became the 38th state on August 1, 1876.


Q1: Why are the rock at the Garden of the Gods red?

Q2: How many people were living in Colorado in 2012?

Q3: How many people were living in the state capital in 2012?

Q4: What is Colorado's nickname?

Q5: What is Colorado's state motto?


*National Geographic Kids United States Atlas By National Geographic

*Portraits of the States Colorado By Kathleen W. Deady

*Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia