Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County is one of the 64 counties of the U. S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,723; the county seat is Grand Junction. The county was named for the many large mesas including Grand Mesa. Mesa County comprises CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,341 square miles, of which 3,329 square miles is land and 12 square miles is water, it is the fourth-largest county by area in Colorado. Garfield County – north Pitkin County – east Gunnison County – east Delta County – southeast Montrose County – south Grand County, Utah – west Highline Lake State Park James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park Vega State Park American Discovery Trail Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway Kokopelli Trail Old Spanish National Historic Trail Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway Colorado Riverfront Trail As of the census of 2010, there were 146,723 people, 58,095 households, 38,593 families residing in the county.
The population density was 44.1 people per square mile. There were 62,644 housing units. Information that follows comes from the 2000 American Factfinder data: The racial makeup of the county was 92.34% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.67% from other races, 1.99% from two or more races. 10.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 45,823 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $35,864, the median income for a family was $43,009. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $22,374 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,715. About 7.00% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over. Mesa County leans Republican, it has voted Democratic only twice since 1952, in 1964 and 1992. Fruita Grand Junction Collbran De Beque Palisade Clifton Fruitvale Loma Orchard Mesa Redlands Carpenter Gateway Mack Mesa Molina Plateau City Whitewater Interstate 70 runs from Interstate 15 in Cove Fort, Utah to Baltimore, connecting Grand Junction to Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis and Dayton. Via Interstate 15, it connects Grand Junction with Las Vegas and southern California. U. S. Highway 6 serves 14 states, running east-west from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Bishop, California.
In Colorado, it runs parallel to Interstate 76 and Interstate 70. U. S. Highway 50 crosses 12 states, linking Ocean City, with Sacramento, California. In Colorado, U. S. 50 connects Grand Junction with Montrose and Pueblo, to the west, it travels into the state of Utah. SH 340 runs east-west, starting at First Street in downtown Grand Junction, traversing the Redlands and ending at U. S. Highway 6 and U. S. Highway 50 in Fruita. Grand Junction Regional Airport is located 4.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction. Mack Mesa Airport is located 25 miles from downtown Grand Junction. Pinyon Airport is located 12.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction. There is a Amtrak Station located in downtown Grand Junction. There is a Greyhound Bus Station located in Grand Junction. Grand Valley Transit is the public transportation agency that serves the Grand Junction area and has 11 fixed routes. Outline of Colorado Index of Colorado-related articles Colorado census statistical areas Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area National Register of Historic Places listings in Mesa County, Colorado Mesa County Public Library District Mesa County official website Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck Colorado Historical Society
Beaver Creek Resort
Beaver Creek Resort is a major ski resort in the western United States, near Avon, Colorado. The resort comprises three villages, the main Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead to the west; the resort is owned and operated by Vail Resorts which operates three other resorts in the state, three in the Lake Tahoe region, their newest additions, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort which were combined in 2015. Beaver Creek is a regular host of World Cup events in early December; the valley that houses Beaver Creek Resort lies just south of Avon and was first settled in 1881. Many early pioneers moved to the area under President Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Act, farming hay and raising cattle to feed local miners. Beaver Creek remained a populated farming area through the middle of the twentieth century. Beaver Creek Resort was envisioned in the 1950s by Earl Eaton, but it was not until the early 1970s that Pete Seibert tried to convince the Denver Organizing Committee to hold the 1976 Winter Olympics alpine events at the yet to be built ski resort.
However, when Denver backed out from holding the Olympic Winter Games in November 1972, Seibert's plans of building the resort collapsed. When Vail Associates was purchased by Harry W. Bass Jr. an oil tycoon of Goliad Oil, he decided to develop Beaver Creek. The ski slope and first hotel property, The Charter at Beaver Creek, opened during the 1980–81 ski season. Four years Beaver Creek purchased the small, adjacent Arrowhead Mountain an independent resort catering to the beginner and lower intermediate skier; the construction of Bachelor Gulch Village and an additional high speed quad connected the two areas. In 1985, Bass sold Vail Associates filed for bankruptcy a few years later. In 1989, the resort hosted the World Ski Championships, repeated in 1999 and in 2015. For the last several years, Beaver Creek has hosted the Audi "Birds of Prey" World Cup downhill ski races early in the season; the resort is known for its upscale family-oriented accommodations, terrain and a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Golf Course.
The Beaver Creek Golf Club, nestled against the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain, is one of the longest established golf courses in the Vail Valley. Opened in 1982, the course is known for its long and narrow challenging fairways, its stunning scenery. Beaver Creek has worked to re-shape all of the bunkers on the course, aligning them more with their original design, in the process installing a new drainage system and new sand for better playability. Additionally, the clubhouse restaurant known as Holden's, has undergone a face lift and reopened as the Rendezvous Club; the town hires extensively from the around the world to fill its large seasonal employee rosters. Vail Resorts is the corporation, it operates Breckenridge, Heavenly, Vail Mountain, Park City and Northstar at Tahoe. Beaver Creek Resort is adjacent to the Holy Cross Wilderness in White River National Forest. Beaver Lake Trail passes beside Beaver Creek. Beaver Lake Trail crosses the wilderness area boundary before reaching Beaver Lake.
Beyond Beaver Lake, Beaver Lake Trail ascends south to Grouse Mountain. Base: 8,100 feet Summit: 11,440 feet Vertical Rise: 3,340 feet Mountains: 5 Bowls: 2 Skiable Area: 1,832 acres Trails: 150 total Longest Run: Centennial Terrain Parks: 2 Average Snowfall: 325 inches annually North: 55% West: 20% East: 25% As of fall 2014, Beaver Creek has 25 total chairlifts.2 Gondolas Haymeadow Express Gondola #1 Riverfront Gondola #71 hybrid lift Centennial Chondola #6 11 high-speed quads Rose Bowl Express #4 Red Buffalo Express #5 Cinch Express #8 Birds of Prey Express #9 Grouse Mountain Express #10 Larkspur Express #11 Strawberry Park Express #12 Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express #15 Bachelor Gulch Express #16 Arrow Bahn Express #17 Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express #181 triple chairlift Elkhorn #141 double chair Highlands #28 magic carpets Beaver Creek travel guide from Wikivoyage Official website Official Beaver Creek Snow & Weather Report Official Beaver Creek Trail Map The Vail Resorts official website 3dSkiMap of Beaver Creek Ski Resort Vail Valley Partnership - The Chamber & Tourism Bureau White River National Forest
Sunlight Ski Area
Sunlight Mountain Resort and Ski Area is a ski area in Colorado, located in Garfield County in the White River National Forest, south of nearby Glenwood Springs. The ski area caters to large groups; the area has a vertical drop exceeding 2,000 feet. Operations began in December 1966 with one chairlift and a second was added in 1973; the resort has surprising variety of terrain for its size, encompassing easy beginner runs, cruiser runs, as well as a section of steep chutes. The area covers a northeast-facing below-tree line basin that funnels all runs toward a single base area. Sunlight's summit offers views of the Elk Mountains. Alice McKennis, World Cup racer in speed events. Two-time Olympian from New Castle, Colo. who learned to ski at Sunlight at the age of 2. McKennis placed 5th in the Women's Downhill in 2018 Winter Olympics. On March 31, 2018, Sunlight dedicated Aligator Alleys, a series of three steep chutes on its famed East Ridge, in honor of McKennis, who's Instagram profile name is @thealigator.
The Front Range is a mountain range of the Southern Rocky Mountains of North America located in the central portion of the U. S. State of Colorado, southeastern portion of the U. S. State of Wyoming, it is the first mountain range encountered as one goes westbound along the 40th parallel north across the Great Plains of North America. The Front Range runs north-south between Casper and Pueblo, Colorado and rises nearly 10,000 feet above the Great Plains. Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak are its most prominent peaks, visible from the Interstate 25 corridor; the area is a popular destination for mountain biking, hiking and camping during the warmer months and for skiing and snowboarding during winter. Millions of years ago, the present-day Front Range was home to ancient mountain ranges, deserts and oceans; the name "Front Range" is applied to the Front Range Urban Corridor, the populated region of Colorado and Wyoming just east of the mountain range and extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming south to Pueblo, Colorado.
This urban corridor benefits from the weather-moderating effect of the Front Range mountains, which help block prevailing storms. About 1 billion years ago, the earth was producing massive amounts of molten rock that would one day amalgamate, drift together and combine, to form the continents we live on today. In the Colorado region, this molten rock spewed and cooled, forming what we now know as the Precambrian Pikes Peak Granite. Over the next 500 million years, little is known about changes in the sedimentation after the granite was produced. However, at about 500–300 million years ago, the region began to sink and sediments began to deposit in the newly formed accommodation space. Eroded granite produced sand particles that began to form strata, layers of sediment, in the sinking basin. Sedimentation would continue to take place until about 300 million years ago. Around 300 million years ago, the sinking reversed, the sediment-covered granite began to uplift, giving rise to the Ancestral Rocky Mountains.
Over the next 150 million years, during uplift the mountains would continue to erode and cover themselves in their own sediment. Wind, rainwater and ice-melt supplied rivers that carved through the granite mountains and led to their end; the sediment from these mountains lies in the Fountain Formation today. Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, Colorado, is set into the Fountain Formation. At 280 million years ago, sea levels were low and present-day Colorado was part of the super-continent Pangaea. Sand deserts covered most of the area spreading as dunes seen in the rock record, known today as the Lyons Sandstone; these dunes appear to be cross-bedded and show various fossil footprints and leaf imprints in many of the strata making up the section. 30 million years the sediment deposition was still taking place with the introduction of the Lykins Formation. This formation can be best attributed to its wavy layers of muddy limestone and signs of stromatolites that thrived in a smelly tidal flat at present-day Colorado.
250 million years ago, the Ancestral Rockies were burying themselves while the shoreline was present during the break-up of Pangaea. This formation began right after Earth's largest extinction 251 million years ago at the Permian–Triassic Boundary. Ninety percent of the planet's marine life was a great deal on land as well. After 100 million years of deposition, a new environment brought rise to a new formation, the sandstone Morrison Formation; the Morrison Formation contains some of the best fossils of the Late Jurassic. It is known for its sauropod tracks and sauropod bones among other dinosaur fossils; as identified by the fossil record, the environment was filled with various types of vegetation such as ferns and Zamites. While this time period boasts many types of plants, grass had not yet evolved; the Dakota Sandstone, deposited 100 million years ago towards Colorado's eastern coast, shows evidence of ferns, dinosaur tracks. Sheets of ripple marks can be seen on some of the strata. Over the next 30 million years, the region was taken over by a deep sea, the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, deposited mass amounts of shale over the area known as the Pierre Shale.
Both the thick section of shale and the marine life fossils found. Colorado drained from being at the bottom of an ocean to land again, giving yield to another fossiliferous rock layer, the Denver Formation. At about 68 million years ago, the Front Range began to rise again due to the Laramide Orogeny in the west; the Denver Formation contained fossils and bones from dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. While the forests of vegetation and other organisms thrived, their reign would come to an end at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary. In an instant, millions of species are obliterated from a meteor impact in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. While this extinction led to the demise of the dinosaurs and other organisms, some life did prevail to repopulate the earth as it recovered from this tremendous disaster; the uplifted Front Range continued to erode and, by 40 million years ago, the range was once again buried in its own rubble. 37 million years ago, a great volcanic eruption took place in the Collegiate Range and covered the landscape in molten hot ash that torched and consumed everything across the landscape.
An entire lush environment was capped in a matter of minutes with 20 feet of extr
Moffat County, Colorado
Moffat County is the northwesternmost of the 64 counties in the U. S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,795; the county seat is Craig. Moffat County comprises the Craig, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Steamboat Springs-Craig, CO Combined Statistical Area. Moffat County was created out of the western portion of Routt County on February 27, 1911; the county was named for David H. Moffat, a Colorado tycoon who died in 1911, his railroad, the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific, attempted to build a route from Denver to Salt Lake City. In 1913, a reorganized railroad, the Denver & Salt Lake, reached as far as Craig, the county seat, but no further. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, all Colorado District Courts were held in Denver, Colorado, in the State courthouse there, due to a lack of funds to build courthouses locally. All murder trials were held in the District Courts. So many murders occurred between the sheep farmers from Wyoming and cattle ranchers from Colorado that the presiding judges—tired of presiding over these murder trials—requested that the State legislature split Routt County into what is now Routt and Moffat County.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,751 square miles, of which 4,743 square miles is land and 7.6 square miles is water. It is the second-largest county by area in Colorado. Routt County – east Rio Blanco County – south Uintah County, Utah – west Daggett County, Utah – west Sweetwater County, Wyoming – north Carbon County, Wyoming – north Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge Dinosaur National Monument Routt National Forest White River National Forest Yampa River State Park Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway U. S. Highway 40 State Highway 13 State Highway 64 State Highway 317 State Highway 318 State Highway 394 Wyoming Highway 70 As of the census of 2000, there were 13,184 people, 4,983 households, 3,577 families residing in the county; the population density was 3 people per square mile. There were 5,635 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 93.61% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.17% from other races, 1.77% from two or more races.
9.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 4,983 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.20% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.05. In the county, the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, 9.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $41,528, the median income for a family was $45,511. Males had a median income of $37,288 versus $22,080 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,540.
About 6.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over. Craig Dinosaur Maybell Elk Springs Greystone Hamilton Massadona Lay Sunbeam Moffat is a Republican county in Presidential elections. No Democratic presidential candidate has carried Moffat County since Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, indeed no Democrat post-1964 has obtained forty percent of the county’s vote. Moffat was one of fifteen counties to give a plurality to Ross Perot in the 1992 election, but every other Republican candidate since 1968 has obtained an absolute majority in Moffat County. In gubernatorial elections, Moffat County has generally been Republican, but was nonetheless carried by Democrat Roy Romer by a narrow margin in 1990 – when he carried all but four counties statewide – by Dick Lamm in 1982 and by Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo in 2010. In senatorial elections, the Republican candidate has garnered over sixty percent of Moffat County voters since future party-switcher Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell won the county for the Democratic Party in 1992.
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