Colorado’s 150th anniversary

250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Mountains & Mesas

The western slope

The geographical wonderland on Colorado’s Western Slope boasts stunning landscapes and rich natural resources that have shaped the communities that call it home. The names of the towns, mesas, mountains, and rivers all reflect the influence of the region’s diverse cultures in the region.  

The Ancestral Puebloan people built structures that dot the region, most famously the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. They were subsistence farmers who grew corn, beans, and squash by capturing annual snowmelt and developing ingenious irrigation techniques. Today, the area is home to both the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes. 

Over the centuries, geologic forces sculpted awe-inspiring landscapes represented by the majestic San Juan Mountains, the rugged Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and the wind-swept 500 square-mile Grand Mesa. Agriculture, along with ranching and mining, continues to define the region’s economy and culture, giving rise to vibrant communities steeped in Western heritage. Historic railroad lines, central to the region’s development, today provide entertainment and education for thousands of tourists each year. More recently, the region hosts unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation including skiing, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, canyoneering, and more.

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Connect with your Local 250-150 Committee

The Western Slope's commemorative efforts are being coordinated by Local Organizing Committees, made up of community members and local leaders. Led by Commission Advisory Panel members, these committees are working to engage the community through idea generation, community outreach, and local event planning for Colorado’s Sesquisemiquincentennial.

To learn more about local efforts, contact Advisory Panel members, or to get involved, connect here

Advisory Panel Members

The America 250 - Colorado 150 Advisory Panel is a geographically-diverse committee of individuals that inform the Commission and lead Local Organizing Committees. These individuals represent your region on this Advisory Panel and lead your Local Organizing Committee.

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