Outdoor Playground of the West
The Colorado Rocky Mountains are part of the great Rocky Mountain Range that stretches from Canada down through the western United States. These mountains were formed about 80 to 55 million years ago.
Since then, erosion by water and glaciers have sculpted the mountain range into dramatic valleys and peaks.
The highest peak in the entire range is Mount Elbert, which is located in Colorado, and rises to an elevation of 14,440 feet(4,401 m) above sea level.
Much of the mountain range in Colorado is protected by public parks and forest lands, and it is a very popular tourist destination. Every year, the scenic areas and recreational opportunities of the Colorado Mountains draw millions of tourists.
People come from all over the world to visit Colorado’s parks, resorts and other attractions to engage in skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping and a multitude of other winter and summer mountain sports. Just a few examples of major tourist attractions in the Colorado mountains are:
- Pike’s Peak