Facts About Tourism & Commerce in Colorado

Facts About Tourism & Commerce in Colorado
Colorado is well-known for its high altitudes and splendid natural attractions. However, as important as tourism is, the state would do quite well without it. Colorado ranks as one of the nation's strongest and most steadily growing regions.

Economic Activities

Eighty percent of the Colorado economy is based on services, including tourist services. The remainder is well-diversified, coming from mining and energy extraction, the cattle industry and manufactured goods such as computer components and medical instruments.

GDP Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Colorado's economy grew by 2.9 percent in 2008, despite the national economic crisis.


Denver has an advantageous location, being almost exactly between Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago. That makes it a major regional headquarters for American corporations, the federal government, and several Rocky Mountain and Plains area distribution networks.


Coloradans must love their craft beer, because their 100 microbrewers gives them the largest number of breweries per capita in the country.

Natural Splendor

The state is riddled with parks and preserves: four national parks, 42 state parks, 15 national forests and grasslands, and 10 national monuments or recreation areas. It also has more than 30 ski resorts and ski areas.

Tourism Dollars

Businesses that cater to tourists contribute about $10 billion a year to Colorado's economy. Tourists come to spend their dollars on skiing, hunting, camping, hiking, fishing and general sightseeing.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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