Location and Size
Colorado is located in the southwestern part of the United States. As part of the Mountain States, Colorado is crossed by the Rocky Mountain range, has an average elevation of 2,073 meters and is the highest state in the USA. The state covers an area of 269,601 km², which roughly corresponds to the area of New Zealand. Its largest cities are Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Lakewood. The capital is Denver. The highest point is Mount Elbert at 4,402 m.
According to usprivateschoolsfinder, 5.4 million people live in Colorado. The capital Denver has around 650,000 inhabitants. Almost 3 million people live in the Denver metropolitan area alone, one of the fastest growing regions in the USA. Colorado Springs is the second largest city with around 430,000 inhabitants. With a population of around 60,000, Grand Junction is by far the largest city in western Colorado.
Lufthansa offers daily non-stop flights from Frankfurt to Denver International Airport. British Airways also flies directly from London Heathrow to Denver and Icelandair from Reykjavik. United, American, Delta, Air Canada and US Airways have one-stop service to other Colorado cities such as Colorado Springs, Cortez, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Montrose, Durango, Aspen, Steamboat, Eagle and Pueblo.
Taxis and shared vans run regularly from Denver International Airport to and from the city center. There are also shuttle connections to many ski areas. Since April 2016, Denver International Airport has also been connected to Union Station in downtown Denver by a suburban train. The journey takes around 25 minutes and has 4 stops along the way.
Springtime in Colorado is often windy with very changeable weather, occasional snowstorms and strong temperature changes. Occasionally it may rain or wet snow may fall. Summer offers low humidity, hot days and comfortable nights. Short but strong thunderstorms are possible at any time (especially in the afternoon). Hailstorms can occur in the Plains. Autumn is pleasant and dry with mild temperatures and clear air during the day. Winters are dry with occasional snow drifts . Sometimes very cold temperatures alternate with some surprisingly warm days.
Best travel time
The months of June to September are ideal for the high mountains. In the desert regions, it is still hot in the period before or later. Spring, after the snow has melted, is edifying. Fall in the Rockies can bring chilly nights and the first snow, but the skies stay mostly clear and the forests are resplendent in their most beautiful colors. Colorado is a wonderful year-round destination with beautiful experiences depending on the season. The ski season starts at the end of November (some resorts open earlier) and usually lasts until the end of April. The best conditions usually prevail from around mid-January, in recent years there have always been excellent conditions, especially towards the end of the season, so that many areas have extended their season by a few weekends.
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