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The mountainous area of Colorado is six times the size of Switzerland, containing 9,600 miles of fishing streams, 2,850 lakes, and more than 1,000 peaks two miles high.

The road to the top of the 14,260-foot peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America and is maintained and operated by Denver City Parks Department.

In 1893, while on top of nearby Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to “America the Beautiful.”

Central City, located about 45 minutes west of Denver, is known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth” due to the half billion dollars of gold that was mined there.

The Pikes Peak Railway, located about an hour and a half south of Denver in Manitou Springs, is the highest cog railway in the world, traveling 8.9 miles from 6,571 feet to the summit at 14,110 feet.

The Colorado Trail is a 500-mile-long hiking trail, stretching from Durango to Denver, and crosses eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas, and five river systems.

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