Telluride Winter" ~ Voted "Best Travel Video of the Year
Telluride Winter" Shot and edited in collaboration with the
Telluride Visitors Center, Telluride Mountain Village Owners
Association, Telluride Ski Resort and Telluride Mountainfilm in
hopes of giving viewers a soulful look at the winter experience in
Filmed & edited by Ben Knight. Music by Explosions in the Sky.
much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion
of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great
Plains. Colorado is part of the Western United States and the
Rocky Mountains. Photographed near Ward, (Boulder
The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish
explorers named the Río Colorado for the red colored (Spanish:
colorado) silt the river carried from the mountains. On August
1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation
admitting Colorado as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the
"Centennial State" because it was admitted to the Union as the
38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States
Declaration of Independence.
The state is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains,
forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and
desert lands. Denver is the capital and the most populous city
of Colorado. Residents of the state are properly known as
"Coloradans", although the archaic term "Coloradoan" is still
The summit of Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) in elevation
in Lake County is the highest point of Colorado and the Rocky
Mountains. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely
above 1,000 meters (3,281 ft) elevation. The point where the
Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County, Colorado, and into
Cheyenne County, Kansas, is the lowest point in Colorado at
3,317 feet (1,011 m) elevation. This point holds the distinction
of being the highest low elevation point of any state.
A little over one fourth of the area of Colorado is flat and
rolling land. East of the Rocky Mountains are the Colorado
Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great
Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from roughly 3,350
to 7,360 feet (1,020 to 2,240 m). The midwest plains states of
Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east and northeast.
The Colorado plains are usually thought of as prairies, but
actually they have many patches of deciduous forests, buttes,
and canyons, much like the high plains in New Mexico as well.
Eastern Colorado is presently mainly covered in farmland, along
with small farming villages and towns.
Most of Colorado's population resides along the eastern edge of
the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor between
Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Pueblo, Colorado. This region is
partially protected from prevailing storms that blow in from the
Pacific Ocean region by the high Rockies in the middle of
Colorado. The only other significant population centers are at
Grand Junction and Durango in far western Colorado.
To the west of Great Plains of Colorado rises the eastern slope
of the Rocky Mountains. Notable peaks of the Rocky Mountains
include Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish
Peaks near Walsenburg, in southern Colorado. This area drains to
the east and the southeast, ultimately either via the
Mississippi River or the Rio Grande into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Continental Divide extends along the crest of the Rocky
Mountains. The area of Colorado to the west of the Continental
Divide is called the Western Slope of Colorado. Drainage water
west of the Continental Divide flows to the southwest via the
Green River and the Colorado River into the Gulf of California.
Within the interior of the Rocky Mountains are several large
so-called "parks" or high broad basins. In the north, on the
east side of the Continental Divide is the North Park of
Colorado. The North Park is drained by the North Platte River,
which flows north into Wyoming and Nebraska. Just to the south
of North Park, but on the western side of the Continental
Divide, is the Middle Park of Colorado, which is drained by the
Colorado River. The South Park of Colorado is the region of the
headwaters of the South Platte River.
In southmost Colorado is the large San Luis Valley, where the
headwaters of the Rio Grande are located. The valley sits
between the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountains,
and consists of large desert lands that eventually run into the
mountains. The Rio Grande drains due south into New Mexico,
Mexico, and Texas. Across the Sangre de Cristo Range to the east
of the San Luis Valley lies the Wet Mountain Valley. These
basins, particularly the San Luis Valley, lie along the Rio
Grande Rift, a major geological formation of the Rocky
Mountains, and its branches.
The Rocky Mountains within Colorado contain about 54 peaks that
are 14,000 feet (4,267 m) or higher in elevation above sea
level, known as fourteeners. These mountains are largely covered
with trees such as conifers and aspens up to the tree line, at
an elevation of about 12,140 feet (3,700 m) in southern Colorado
to about 10,500 feet (3,200 m) in northern Colorado. Above this
only alpine vegetation grows. Only small parts of the Colorado
Rockies are snow-covered year round. Much of the alpine snow
melts by mid-August with the exception of a few snowcapped peaks
and a few small glaciers. The Colorado Mineral Belt, stretching
from the San Juan Mountains in the southwest to Boulder and
Central City on the front range, contains most of the historic
gold- and silver-mining districts of Colorado.
The 30 highest major summits of the Rocky Mountains of North
America all lie within the state. Colorado is home to four
national parks, six national monuments, two national recreation
areas, two national historic sites, three national historic
trails, a national scenic trail, 11 national forests, two
national grasslands, 41 national wilderness areas, two national
conservation areas, eight national wildlife refuges, 44 state
parks, a state forest, 323 state wildlife areas, and numerous
other scenic, historic, and recreational attractions.
The Western Slope of Colorado is drained by the Colorado River
and its tributaries (primarily the Green River and the San Juan
River), or by evaporation in its arid areas. Prominent in the
southwestern area of the Western Slope are the high San Juan
Mountains, a rugged mountain range, and to the west of the San
Juan Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, a high arid region that
borders Southern Utah. The city of Grand Junction, Colorado, is
the largest city on the Western Slope, Grand Junction and
Durango are the only major centers of radio and television
broadcasting, newspapers, and higher education on the Western
Slope. The Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Western State
College in Gunnison, and Fort Lewis College in Durango are the
only four-year colleges in Colorado west of the Continental
Towns of the Western Slope
include Glenwood Springs with its resort hot springs, and the
ski resorts of Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Crested Butte,
Steamboat Springs, and Telluride.
From west to east, the land of Colorado consists of desert lands
and desert plateaus, then alpine mountains with National
Forests, then some scattered desert land in the southern
mountain areas in the state, and then the relatively-flat
grasslands and scattered forests of the Great Plains. The famous
Pikes Peak is located just west of Colorado Springs. Its
isolated peak is visible from nearly the Kansas border on clear
days, and also far to the north and the south. The desert lands
in Colorado are located in and around areas such as, the Royal
Gorge, Pueblo, Canon City, Florence, Great Sand Dunes National
Park and Preserve, San Luis Valley, Cortez, Canyon of the
Ancients National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Ute
Mountain, Delta, Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument,
Roan Plateau, and other areas surrounding the Uncompahgre
Plateau and Uncompahgre National Forest.
Colorado is one of four states in the United States that share a
common geographic point the Four Corners, together with Arizona,
New Mexico, and Utah. At this intersection, it is possible to
stand in four states at once.
Colorado is known for its Southwest and Rocky Mountain cuisine.
Mexican restaurants are throughout the state.
Boulder, Colorado was named America’s Foodiest Town 2010 by Bon
Appétit. Boulder, and Colorado in general, is home to a number
of national food and beverage companies, top-tier restaurants
and farmers' markets. Boulder, Colorado also has more Master
Sommeliers per capita than any other city, including San
Francisco and New York.
The Food & Wine Classic held annually each June in Aspen,
Colorado. Aspen also has a reputation as the culinary capital of
the Rocky Mountain region.
Denver, Colorado is known for steak, but now has a diverse
culinary scene with many top-tier restaurants.
All the fresh powder, groomed runs and inspiring
scenery you've come to expect from a snow-laden Colorado are
once again ready for your visit. Start planning your Colorado
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