Because of our majestic snow-capped mountains, you could probably infer that skiing and snowboarding are Colorado's official state winter sports, but what about athletics during the other half of the year?
Pack Burro Racing, Colorado's official summer sport, is an athletic event where participants run alongside a donkey that is geared up with official prospector paraphernalia including a pick, shovel, and gold pan. It's a REAL sport and it's one of endurance and patience as burros are known to be quite stubborn.
Colorado also has an official state amphibian (Western Tiger Salamander), state dance (Folk/Square Dance), and gemstone (Aquamarine), but unlike other states, Colorado does not have an official state fruit. Although, if I had any say in the matter, a Palisade peach would be a winner in that category!
Visit colorado.gov to learn more about each of Colorado's symbols and emblems. Then continue reading below to discover five more Colorado-themed things to teach your kids this week.
1. A silly joke.
I'm inclined to agree that this mountain joke is peak quality.
Why are the Rocky Mountains so funny? They're hill areas!
2. A new vocabulary word.
Have you ever wondered about where states get their names and nicknames?
Colorado's name comes from Spanish origins and means "colored red." The state's beautiful red sandstone is just one of the reasons Colorado has the nickname "Colorful Colorado," but that's not its only nickname. Colorado is also referred to as the "Centennial State" because it became a state 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Extra note: Centennial refers to the hundredth anniversary of a particular event.
3. A word puzzle.
To solve a rebus, consider not just the words but the placement, size, color, and quantity of everything within the box (and sometimes just outside the box!) when trying to decipher the puzzle.
A boulder is a large rock that measures greater than 10 inches in diameter. Boulder is also the name of Colorado's 11th most-populated city with more than 108,000 residents. Visit Boulder, Colorado for outdoorsy family-friendly fun.
4. A fun fact.
Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be if you could exist in more than one place at the same time? Well, visit this unique destination to be in FOUR places at once!
Four Corners Monument (overseen by Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation) is the only place in the United States where four different states meet at a single point. At this intersection, visitors can stand in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico at the same time.
Visit the Four Corners Monument for yourself with travel tips from Colorado Come To Life.
5. Teach a personal discovery.
Denver has been dubbed the Mile High City because its elevation sits at 5,280 ft above sea level. There are two notable downtown locations to visit if you want to experience that one-mile milestone: Coors Field and the Colorado State Capitol Building.
The infamous mile-high elevation mark is visually apparent at Coors Field where the 20th row of seats is painted purple. At the State Capitol Building, the 13th step on the west side of the building is noted for being at 5,280 ft above sea level.
Do you live above Denver's infamous 1-mile altitude mark?
- Green Mountain: 6,854 ft
- Lakewood: 5,518 ft
- Littleton: 5,351 ft
- Sheridan: 5,325 ft
Bonus question: What's the difference in altitude between where you were born and where you live today? If you've relocated to Colorado from another state, there's a good chance this number is in the hundreds, if not thousands of feet!
Funny enough, I spent much of my youth in a town called "Mountain View" which sits at a whopping 😉 105 ft elevation.
"Nil Sine Numine." – Colorado's state motto.
The Latin translation of this phrase is, "nothing without divine will."
Did you learn something new? Now's the time to pass that knowledge on! Be sure to come back next week for another five FUN things to teach your kids.