Colorado skiers began gliding down the Rockies in the 1930s, thanks to ski lifts. What began as a way to ease the boredom of long winter months soon grew into one of the state's biggest industries.
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Aspen is the prototypical frontier town. It boomed as a mining town in the late 1800s before declining silver prices collapsed the economy, and was reborn as a recreational mecca in the 1930s.
Telluride's barstool historians claim their town's name evolved from 'To Hell You Ride,' a phrase describing the trip into the rugged and beautiful town. Telluride actually comes from tellurium, a sulphurous compound found in the region.
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The mountain goat has a body built for life on the edge. Its short legs and flexible hooves provide great stability. An ascent that took a climber over an hour was mastered by a mountain goat in 20 minutes.
The highest paved road winds 14 miles around Colorado's Mt. Evans. And from the road's end, you still face a 130-foot climb to the mountain's summit.
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Prairie dogs, found in most parts of Colorado, spend much of their time visiting each other's burrows or hanging out on their 'doorsteps.' Their colonies, called towns, may extend for thousands of miles.
Fires regularly threaten the Rockies, but the forests populated by the stunning Aspen are the first to re-grow because they grow from rootstock rather than seed.
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Colorado's Schofield Pass is a rigorous 30 mile stretch from Marble to Crested Butte.