The state of Colorado consists various regions: Mountains, Foothills, Eastern Plains, Western Slope, Palmer Divide, Front Range and Denver metro area. Where one area starts and another begins may not be instantly clear. An easy way to discern one area from another is by elevation from sea level as it pertains to Colorado. Find below more information about the different regions in Colorado and their identifying features.
Denver Metro Area
Denver metro area consists the area east of the foothills and the Rocky Mountains and West of the Eastern Plains. Metro area counties include Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Douglas, Broomfield and Boulder counties. The population in Denver metro area is approximately 2.8 million.
The Foothills are regions in Colorado that run parallel to the Rocky Mountains. The Foothills are in general between 6,000 and 9,000 feet elevation. Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Estes Park, Nederland and Black Hawk are some of the cities and town in The Foothills west of Denver.
Front Range area of Colorado is considered to be everything east of the Continental Divide to Interstate I-25, including the western communities of the greater Denver area. Front Range is popular destination for biking, hiking and camping during summer time.
Northern Colorado is situated north of Denver metro area and south of Wyoming border. Larger cities in northern Colorado include Loveland, Longmont, Greeley and Fort Collins. Fort Collins is the home of Colorado State University.
Southern Colorado includes areas, cities and towns south of Denver metro area. The larger cities in southern Colorado including Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Alamosa. Colorado Springs is located near the base of Pikes Peak, one of the most famous mountains in the United States.
The Eastern Plains refers to areas east of the Rocky Mountains and east of interstate I-25 in Colorado below 6,000 ft of elevation. The Eastern Plains geography includes mainly rolling plains. The Eastern Plain cities and towns include Greeley, Akron, Limon, Bennett and Yuma.
Palmer Divide is a ridge of land in that goes from central Colorado, from the Front Range toward the eastern plains and between Denver and Colorado Springs. Palmer Divide area is from 6,000 to 7,500 feet of elevation, reaching its highest at Monument Hill, south of Castle Rock CO.
A region of Western Colorado, west of the Continental Divide and at elevations below 7,000 feet is considered the Western Slope. Unlike the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains which has foothills, western slope consists of plateaus and mesas.
The mountain region of Colorado or The Mountains, are considered to be areas above 9,000 ft of elevation. Aspen, Snowmass Village, Vail, Breckenridge, Crested Butte are popular ski and vacation destinations in the mountains.