The Ultimate Colorado Family Vacations Quiz

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About This Quiz

Colorado has lots to offer vacationers. It offers snow-capped mountains, hiking trails, national parks, railway rides and natural hot springs. It also has some unique aspects that make it unlike any other state in the U.S. Can you guess what they are? Take this quiz and see if you're ready for a Colorado vacation.

From the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park you can peak over its sister mountains. What is its name?

Rocky Mountain National Park's tallest mountain top is Longs Peak.

Which mountain in the world boasts the highest number of travelers to its summit?

Mount Fuji tops the lot -- in more ways than one. It has the highest number of travelers to its summit every year than any other mountain.

Aside from going by car or on foot, what other common way can you get to the top of Pikes Peak?

Go up on the Pikes Peak cog railway. It's been around since 1891 and it's still going strong.

How long is the roundtrip ride up Pikes Peak by the cog railway?

Roundtrip takes just over three hours, with beautiful scenery along the way to pass the time.

When Katherine Lee Bates got to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893, she was inspired to write the lyrics to a now-famous patriotic song. What song?

The lyrics she wrote were to America the Beautiful. And it's no wonder that she got the inspiration from that magnificent mountain peak.

What makes the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool near Aspen so unique?

More than three city blocks in length, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is the largest of its kind in the world.

Which U.S. president saw Glenwood Hot Springs Pool as his favorite summer retreat?

While other U.S. presidents may also have enjoyed the pool's warm waters, it was Teddy Roosevelt who saw it as his favorite summer retreat.

What happens at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool during the winter?

As steam rises from the year-round warm mineral waters, snowflakes melt on contact. Yet, vacationers still come by the droves.

According to legend, what is the source of the name Telluride?

Legend has it that Telluride is a contraction of "to hell you ride," a less-than-pleasant reference to the difficulty in getting to that remote location.

What attracted positive and negative elements to the Telluride area in the late 1800s?

It was silver! And it attracted the likes of outlaw Butch Cassidy, among others, because of the new-found wealth in the area.

Telluride was one of the world's first towns to have electricity. Was this before or after Paris, France, got electricity?

Telluride went electric even before Paris did. Not surprisingly, it is Paris that is known as the City of Lights while Telluride is little known beyond these parts.

In what year did Telluride become a National Landmark Historic District?

It became a National Landmark Historic District in 1964.

After whom is Pikes Peak named?

Pikes Peak is named after Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, who attempted to climb it in 1806. He attempted, but failed.

Which of these are annual events on Pikes Peak?

The car race is an annual event there. It happens to be the second oldest car race in the U.S. and boasts a 12.4-mile (19.9-kilometer) climb to the top.

What are the names of the natural 300-foot long red rock formations in Morrison, Colorado?

They're named Creation Rock and Ship Rock. Today, they serve as a part of the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

Whose brainchild was the creation of a world-class performance venue, Red Rocks Amphitheater?

It was John Brisben Walker's brainchild in the early 20th century.

Which city initiated the Red Rocks Amphitheater project with the purchase of the land there?

The city of Denver initiated the project when it purchased the land in the 1920s.

Why is the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya a unique Buddhist monument?

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is the biggest Buddhist monument in the Western Hemisphere.

Who introduced Tibetan Buddhism to the U.S. and set up hundreds of meditation centers there?

The great Buddhist leader and teacher was Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

What is the connection between Buddhism and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado?

Naropa University, situated in Boulder, Colorado, is the first Buddhist-inspired university in the U.S.

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