In addition to the capital city of Denver, the largest cities in this, the eighth largest state in the U.S., include Boulder, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Ft. Collins. Bordered by Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming, the state of Colorado is known for its great skiing, beautiful mountains, and outdoor activities. The state’s main industries include agriculture (wheat, cattle, and sheep), tourism (especially skiers), mining (gold, silver), oil, finance, and manufacturing. Colorado is home to several national parks and national historic sites, most notably Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and Gunnison National Park. Colorado has excellent skiing, and is particularly known to the areas of Steamboat, Telluride, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, and many more. Additionally, the major rivers in the state -- Colorado River, Rio Grande, Arkansas River, and South Platte River – provide a variety of outdoor water options like fishing, and white water rafting.
Many outstanding institutions of higher education are located in Colorado. From the University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado State, University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado School of Mines, the U.S. Airforce Academy, and more, thousands of residents and out-of-state students hit the books here. There are also world-renown ski schools attracting attention here.