Colorado’s 150th anniversary

250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

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The high country

People have been drawn to Colorado’s high country since time immemorial, when the Nuche, also known as the Ute, spent summers in the cool of the mountains. Today, people are still drawn to the spectacular mountain landscapes, and Colorado’s central high country has become a year-round home for many and an all-season destination for many more seeking recreation in the Rockies.  

Celebrated worldwide for its ski destinations,  the high country adventures don’t end when the snow melts. Experience the thrill of white water rafting, conquer mountain biking trails, embark on breathtaking hikes, challenge yourself with rock climbing, or perfect your swing on our world class golf courses. This region also includes numerous historic mining towns, from Silver Plume to Leadville to Redstone, each with its own unique story. 

Known for its unparalleled destinations, the Colorado high country is also home to long-standing communities, including working ranches and farms that have been here for generations. Camp Hale, the training grounds for the Army’s legendary 10th Mountain Division, invites you to test yourself on the same trails that prepared those winter warriors. This region is full of breathtaking views, vibrant small towns with rich histories, and people who know how to play as hard as they work.

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Connect with your Local 250-150 Committee

The High Country'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.

Chris Romer

Chris Romer

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