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State Spotlight: Colorado

Main Street Telluride Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a great spot for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to colorful Colorado! The Centennial State is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of exciting Travel Nursing career opportunities. Colorado has majestic mountains, fascinating history, hip urban hotspots, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Centennial State are 100% awesome!

Travel Nursing in Colorado

Colorado StampColorado is an absolutely majestic state with plenty of natural beauty to explore on your days off and the state also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Centennial State, you can access an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Colorado is home to about 100 hospitals — 12 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Colorado hospital, Aurora’s University of Colorado Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialty and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Colorado are: Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker’s Parker Adventist Hospital, Denver’s Rose Medical Center, and Loveland’s UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Colorado #10 overall, as well as #1 for economy, #9 for healthcare, and #10 for quality of life.

As for licensing, Colorado is not a walk-through state but it is a NURSYS state and a compact state. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Colorado.

Colorado Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Centennial State

Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

National Parks: 13

State Parks: 41

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Nothing without providence.”

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Gem: Aquamarine

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado was the 38th state.

Colorado means “colored red.”

Colorado is the only state to turn down the Olympics. Sixty-two percent of Colorado voters spurned the 1976 Olympics due to concerns about cost and pollution.

The Mt. Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado is the highest paved road in North America.

Colorado is home to more mircobreweries per capita than any other state.

The cheeseburger, the wheel clamp aka “The Boot,” root beer float, Otterbox phone cases, Crocs, Jolly Ranchers, Coors, outdoor Christmas lights, tampons, Chipotle, the prototype for the helicopter, sign language translating gloves, teddy bears, and shredded wheat were all invented in or originated in Colorado!

The U.S. federal government own more than 30% of Colorado’s land.

Denver is home to Colfax Avenue — the longest contiguous street in the nation.

The Denver capital building’s 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.

The iconic song “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates after she saw the inspirational view from Pikes Peak.

Dove Creek, Colorado is the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World.”

The world’s first rodeo was held in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado.

Native Americans tribes in Colorado were Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, and Ute.

The first license plate on a car in the nation was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Colorado include Tim Allen, Amy Adams, Roseanne Barr, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Davis, Duane “Dog” Chapman,  Ouray, Jon Heder, T.J. Miller, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Murray, Kristen Schaal, Trey Parker, Pam Grier, AnnaSophia Robb, John Kerry, Matthew Shepherd, Heidi Montag, Ken Kesey, Hannah Hart, Melissa Benoist, Chauncey Billups, Jack Dempsey, and Sheryl Lee.      

Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy. 

Grand Mesa, Colorado is home to the world’s largest flattop mountain. 

Glenwood Springs, Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs which covers two blocks.

Denver hosts the world’s largest rodeo each year, the Western Stock Show.

Colorado is one of four states which meet creating the “four corners.” The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Continental Divide is in Colorado. This natural boundary separates North America’s river systems. Water that flows to the west runs to the Pacific Ocean and water that flows to the east travels to the Atlantic Ocean.

To Do & See in Colorado

The Centennial State has an abundance of diverse activities for Travelers to do and some truly incredible sights to see — including its famously majestic mountains. The state is home to tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, unique attractions, fascinating history, and so much more — making Colorado the perfect location for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For urban explorers, Colorado’s largest cities include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial, and Pueblo. Cool, exciting, unique cities like these really display what makes Colorado such a great place to live, work, and play.

Denver — AKA The Mile-High City — is an exciting playground for Travelers with its great outdoor scene, dining, shopping, sports, museums, scenery, and so much more. Fun stops to check out in and around Denver include Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Elitch Gardens, Coors Field, City Park, Downtown Aquarium, Colorado State Capital, Cherry Creek, Water World, Molly Brown House Museum, Civic Center, and so much more!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Colorado as you’ll get the chance to root for Denver’s Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche, and Rapids — as well as the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Outside of the capital city, Colorado has an abundance of mid-sized cities and quaint hamlets alike. Visit Estes Park for a trip to the iconic Stanley Hotel, featured as a prominent character in Stephen King’s The Shining, then head into Rocky Mountain National Park to hear the elk bugling. Take a day trip to cool Fort Collins and get down with the chill, college town vibe and excellent eats. Longmont is home to the Left Hand Brewing Company, just one of Colorado’s many, many craft beer outlets and microbreweries. Tune in with nature and visit natural hot springs in Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Ouray, Durango, and many other locations throughout the state.

Nature lovers will most definitely find their happy place in colorful Colorado. The Centennial State offers incredible, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, breathtaking views and vistas, and so much more. Top spots for lovers of the great outdoors include Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Mesa Verde National Park, the Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monuments, Colorado National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, and so much more.

If all that outdoor adventure has you famished, you’re in luck, because Colorado cuisine is as tasty as its ski slopes! The Centennial State is known for its delectable peaches, lamb, green chili, fresh trout, elk sausage, bison burgers, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, sopapillas, pizza crust dipped in honey, and, for the adventurous eater — the infamous Rocky Mountain Oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Colorado craft beer or Colorado Snowball and you’ll be living like a true Coloradoan!

Ready for your adventure to colorful Colorado?!

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

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