What are the official nicknames of Colorado state?
- The Centennial State: Colorado was adopted in 1876, one-hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
What are the unofficial nicknames of Colorado state?
- Colorful Colorado: Colorado sceneries display impressive colors over mountains, rivers, and valleys.
- Columbine State: Columbine became the official state flower in April of 1899.
- Highest State: Due to the mountains, Colorado boasts a very high elevation.
- Mile-High State: Another reference to the high elevation. Denver is known as the “Mile-High City.”
- Switzerland of America: Because Switzerland is famous for its beautiful mountains and lakes and for outdoor activities like skiing, Colorado liked to draw similar comparisons to its own topography.
- Buffalo Plains State: Many buffalo or bison herds roamed the plains of Colorado.
- Lead State: Many minerals have been found in the soil, including lead.
- Rocky Mountain State: Mountain range in Colorado.
- Silver State: Known for its many silver mines, Colorado tried to lay claim to this nickname, but was beat out by Nevada.
- Treasure State: Colorado also campaigned for this nickname but lost to Montana.