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Crazy Colorada Laws

Updated on July 27, 2018
Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend State Park | Source


Colorado is a beautiful state. Just thinking about it's beautiful scenery is enough to relax you. The mountains, lakes, and fields of wheat cast a soothing aura over you. It is filled with state parks to enjoy, the camping there is out of this world. It is truly a state worth visiting. The snow and skiing in the winter is enough to make you a fan.

Colorado chose the Rocky Mountain Columbine as their state flower. This beautiful white and lavender flower has made it's way to the endangered species list. The state is now protecting this lovely wildflower by limiting the number of buds you can pick to 25 per day. It is now also considered against the law to pick this flower on public land.

Like all of our states here in the U.S. Colorado has its own unique collection of crazy loony laws to contend with. As with all the other states these silly laws leave you wondering - What were they thinking?

Colorado Rocky Mountains
Colorado Rocky Mountains | Source

Crazy Laws

  • One may not mutilate a rock in a state park.
  • Persons may not urinate in public.
  • It is illegal to have a broken down car on private property or public right-of-ways.
  • Couches may not be placed on outside porches.
  • In Vail it is illegal to crash into obstacles on a ski slope.
  • It is illegal to bring your horse or pack mule above ground floor of any building.
  • It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next door neighbor.
  • It is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep.
  • Cats may not run loose without having been fit with a tailgate.
  • Boulders may not be rolled on city property in Boulder.
  • You may not drive a black car on Sunday
  • It is illegal to mistreat rats.
  • It is illegal to let a dandelion grow within city limits.

Enjoy the ancient architecture of Mesa Verde.
Enjoy the ancient architecture of Mesa Verde. | Source

Trivia And Fun Facts

  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
  • Colorado is the only state ever to turn down the Olympics. In 1972 the voter's voted to turn down the opportunity by a 62% majority. They said they did not want to host the Olympics because of the cost, pollution, and population boom effect it would have on Colorado.
  • The Buckhorn Saloon (est. 1860s) holds Denver Liquor License #1.
  • Dove Creek is the "Pinto Bean" capital of the world.
  • The Flatiron Mountains got their name from the pioneer women, they said the mountains looked like flat, metal irons used to iron their clothes.
  • The world's largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa, Colorado.
  • Colorado is one of only two states in the US in which all of the water flows out of the state and none flows in. The other state is Hawaii.
  • Dead Man’s Canyon, 10 miles south of Colorado Springs, is said to be haunted by the phantom of a man with an ax in his forehead. The “ghost” of William Harkins has haunted the area since 1863, when he was murdered by a gang of Mexican religious fanatics. Over the years, dozens of people have reported being chased by the angry phantom near his cabin on Little Fountain Creek.
  • Colorado's youngest prisoner was 11-year-old Antone Woode, convicted in 1893 for murdering a neighbor. He served 12 years.
  • Colorado means "colored red" and is known as the "Centennial State".
  • A survey done in 1992 by the Centers for Disease Control shows that Colorado had fewer overweight people per capita than any other state. They also had more people who exercise than any other state.
  • Colorado has one of the only working diamond mines in the use. It is located near the Colorado-Wyoming border.
  • Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300 A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousand of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures.
  • Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" after being inspired by the view from Pike's Peak.
  • Gus’s Place in Pueblo was listed three years running in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for serving more beer per barstool than any tavern in the world.
  • In Fruita, the town folk celebrate 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day'. Seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen cut off Mike's head on September 10, 1945 in anticipation of a chicken dinner - and Mike lived for another 4 years without a head.


You know you’re from COLORADO if:
-You'll eat ice cream in the winter.
-It snows 5 inches and you don't expect school to be cancelled.
-You'll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.
-You have no accent at all, but can hear other people’s. And then you make fun of them.
-'Humid' is over 25%.
-Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.
-You say 'the interstate' and everybody knows which one.
-You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.
-You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat.
-You know what the Continental Divide is.
-You don't think Coors beer is that big a deal.
-You went to Casa Bonita as a kid.
-You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.
-You always know the elevation of where you are.
-You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it's going to snow tomorrow. -You don't care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High.
-Every movie theater has military and student discounts.
-Everybody wears jeans to church.
–You actually know that South Park is a real place not just a show on TV.
-You know what a 'trust fund hippy' is, and you know its natural habitat is Boulder.
-You know you're talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.
-A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you.
-Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders.
-You've been to the original Chipotle near the DU campus on Evans.
-When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.
-You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels 'sticky' and you notice the sky is no longer blue.
"dude, Colorado rocks my socks off"

by Nicoleeeo July 10, 2008

© 2009 Susan Hazelton


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