Falling in love with your home state is easy when Colorado is its name. Offering four distinct seasons filled with breathtaking natural beauty, Colorado is home to the world-famous Rocky Mountains, the Continental Divide, the Eastern Plains, amazing history and divine culture, and a large wildlife population. It’s the eighth-largest U.S. state, deriving its name from the Colorado River.
Once a part of the Nebraska, Utah, New Mexico, and Kansas territories, Colorado became its own territory in 1861 and an official state in 1876. Named after the Colorado River, it was the Spanish who gave the state its name, although it was Native Americans who first inhabited the lands some 13,000 years ago.