Beautiful Breckenridge, known as Breck by the locals, started out in the 1850s as a support town for gold miners in nearby Idaho Springs. It sits at 9,600 feet above sea level in spectacular northwestern Colorado and today it is the home of Breckenridge Ski Resort, the second most popular downhill ski resort in the country.
At the base of Pike's Peak, pretty Colorado Springs boasts blue skies, an eclectic population, an excellent hospital, an award-winning senior center and plenty of things to do. It is a great retirement spot!
At 8,900 feet above sea level and surrounded by national forest, Crested Butte sits next to Crested Butte Mountain Ski Resort and is popular with both hardcore skiiers/snowboarders and vacationing families from around the country.
Deep in a mountain valley and swaddled by breathtaking scenery, Durango sits under cobalt blue skies and boasts excellent outdoor recreation, a fun downtown, a bohemian vibe and an eclectic mix of residents. Is it a great place to retire?
At the base of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is a lively college town with a relaxed way of life. Is it a great place to retire?
At the base of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, thriving Fort Collins is a college town, home to Colorado State University, and the site of Sunflower, a nice 55+ modular home community. Construction began in the early-2000s and is just about finished.
Grand Junction sits on a scenic high desert plateau west of the Rocky Mountains in western Colorado. It dates from the 1880s and has had a history of cattle ranching, farming and energy exploration. Today, it is home to Mesa University.
Nestled in breathtaking scenery in remote southwestern Colorado, trendy, mellow Telluride sits in a forested box canyon and is known for its festivals and champagne powder.
Like California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
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