Eastern Colorado hosts considerable livestock, such as cattle ranches and hog farms. This region is partially protected from prevailing storms that blow in from the Pacific Ocean region by the high Rockies in the middle of Colorado.
The Western Slope includes many ski resort towns in the Rocky Mountains and towns west of the mountains. Its isolated peak is visible from nearly the Kansas border on clear days, and also far to the north and the south.
The 30 highest major summits of the Rocky Mountains of North America all lie within the state. This area drains to the east and the southeast, ultimately either via the Mississippi River or the Rio Grande into the Gulf of Mexico.
Only small parts of the Colorado Rockies are snow-covered year round. Corn, wheat, hay, soybeans, and oats are all typical crops. Within the interior of the Rocky Mountains are several large parks which are high broad basins.
It is less populous than the Front Range but includes a large number of national parks and monuments.
Much of the alpine snow melts by mid-August with the exception of a few snowcapped peaks and a few small glaciers.
The city of Grand Junction is located in the heart of the valley The Western Slope area of Colorado includes the western face of the Rocky Mountains and all of the state to the western border. Subterranean water is generally accessed through artesian wells. Surface water sources include the South Platte, the Arkansas River, and a few other streams.
Grand Junction and Durango are the only major centers of television broadcasting west of the Continental Divide in Colorado, though most mountain resort communities publish daily newspapers.
The monument is made up of high desert canyons and sandstone rock formations. A view of the arid high plains in Southeastern Colorado Plains[ edit ] A little less than half of Colorado is flat and rolling land.
Mountain peaks of Colorado The summit of Mount Elbert at 14, feet 4, Grand Junction, Colorado is the largest city on the Western Slope.
Also prominent in or near the southern portion of the Western Slope are the Grand Mesawhich lies to the southeast of Grand Junction; the high San Juan Mountains, a rugged mountain range; and to the west of the San Juan Mountains, the Colorado Plateaua high arid region that borders Southern Utah. Here, the Green River briefly crosses over into Colorado.
Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado River flows through Glenwood Canyonand then through an arid valley made up of desert from Rifle to Parachutethrough the desert canyon of De Beque Canyonand into the arid desert of Grand Valleywhere the city of Grand Junction is located.
The Colorado Mineral Beltstretching from the San Juan Mountains in the southwest to Boulder and Central City on the front range, contains most of the historic gold- and silver-mining districts of Colorado.
Above this only alpine vegetation grows. This area includes several terrains and climates from alpine mountains to arid deserts. Grand Junction is located along Interstate 70the only major highway in Western Colorado.
This point, which holds the distinction of being the highest low elevation point of any state,   is higher than the high elevation points of 18 states and the District of Columbia.
The valley sits between the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountainsand consists of large desert lands that eventually run into the mountains. The famous Pikes Peak is located just west of Colorado Springs. Heavy use of wells for irrigation caused underground water reserves to decline.
On the other side of the Rockies, the significant population centers in Western Colorado which is not considered the "Front Range" are the cities of Grand JunctionDurangoand Montrose. From west to east, the land of Colorado consists of desert lands, desert plateaus, alpine mountains, National Forests, relatively flat grasslands, scattered forests, buttes, and canyons in the western edge of the Great Plains.
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