94 Colorado Trivia Questions (Ranked from Easiest to Hardest)

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March 25, 2024
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Welcome to our page of Colorado trivia questions! Colorado is a state known for its beautiful mountains, outdoor recreation opportunities, and rich history, making it a fascinating destination for everyone. Our selection of questions covers a wide range of topics including the state's history, culture, geography, and landmarks. Whether you're a native of Colorado or just a curious learner, our trivia questions will help you discover new and exciting information about this great state.

For those interested in the history of Colorado, our trivia questions will take you through the state's past, from its early days as a mining and farming state to the present. We also cover the state's famous landmarks such as the Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Culture enthusiasts can learn about the state's mining history, traditional customs, and local art forms.

Colorado's geography and wildlife are also an important part of the state's identity, and our questions cover information about the state's natural wonders like the Maroon Bells, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the unique wildlife such as the Elk, the Bighorn sheep and the state bird, the Lark Bunting.

Our trivia questions are designed to be challenging yet entertaining, making them perfect for individuals, families, or groups of friends. Whether you're looking for a fun way to pass the time or you want to test your knowledge of Colorado, our trivia questions are sure to provide hours of entertainment.

94 Colorado Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2024)

  1. Nikola Jokic helped which Colorado city to its first NBA Championship when their team beat the Miami Heat in the 2023 Finals?

    Answer: Denver

  2. A chicken from Fruita, Colorado named Mike became a national celebrity in the 1940s when he lived for eighteen months without what usually essential body part?

    Answer: Head

  3. Celebrity fans of the Colorado Rockies include Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who featured Coors Field in a Season 6 episode of what animated comedy TV series?

    Answer: South Park

  4. What was the surname of the child beauty queen killed in 1996 in Boulder, CO in a case that captured the national attention and remains unsolved?

    Answer: Ramsey

  5. Deepwatch is a cybersecurity company that has offers threat management with real time monitoring since 2015. It is headquartered out of what “C” U.S. state, the home of the Rockies MLB franchise?

    Answer: Colorado

  6. Because the "Mile 420" signs kept getting stolen, there is a "419.99" mile marker along Interstate 70 as it passes through what U.S. state where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2012?

    Answer: Colorado

  7. On November 6, 2012, initiatives and amendments were passed in two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana. One was Washington state. What was the other state?

    Answer: Colorado

  8. What's the name of the purple triceratops who serves as the mascot for baseball's Colorado Rockies? The dinosaur's name is a reference to the reputation of Coors Field as a stadium where, because of the high elevation, home runs are more common.

    Answer: Dinger

  9. A bridge over what Arkansas River gorge near Canon City was, until 2001, the highest bridge in the world when it was surpassed by a bridge in China?

    Answer: Royal Gorge

  10. What height-based nickname is used to describe the 58 tallest mountains in Colorado?

    Answer: 14ers

  11. What romantically named Colorado town hosts a "Valentine's re-mailing" program each year for sweethearts who want their letters and cards to bear its postmark?

    Answer: Loveland

  12. Tim Tebow appears in ads for the Athlete's Choice mattress by a brand named for what oxygen-starved U.S. state capital?

    Answer: Denver

  13. Born in Denver in 1953, what actor went on to star in "Home Improvement" and serve as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Pixar's "Toy Story" films?

    Answer: Tim Allen

  14. Rising above 14,400 feet is what mountain of Colorado's Collegiate Peaks that is named after an Ivy League school located more than 1,800 miles east of its namesake?

    Answer: Mount Harvard

  15. What Lakewood, Colorado Mexican restaurant, made famous when it was featured in a Season 7 episode of "South Park," was purchased in 2021 by Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

    Answer: Casa Bonita

  16. Which west of Denver tunnel with a presidential name is not only the longest mountain tunnel, but the highest point in the Interstate Highway System?

    Answer: Eisenhower

  17. The classic Colorado dish known as a "Denver omelette" is typically filled with onions, red and green peppers, and what meat?

    Answer: (Diced) Ham

  18. Commonly used in solar cells, the compound abbreviated CdTe stands for "Cadmium" WHAT? It's also the name of a town in Colorado.

    Answer: Telluride

  19. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous service since 1881, now mostly serves sightseers in what U.S. state?

    Answer: Colorado

  20. The flood of July 1869 caused flooding in several towns south of Austin after which river, the longest in Texas, accumulated water to a whopping 55 feet high?

    Answer: Colorado River

  21. The miners who first found gold at the base of the Rockies, thus starting the Colorado Gold Rush and what would become the city of Denver, were from what U.S. state that also gave us Coca-Cola and OutKast?

    Answer: Georgia

  22. The annual hot air balloon festival that takes place in Colorado Springs near Memorial Park occurs during what holiday?

    Answer: Labor Day

  23. Austin's Lady Bird Lake, despite being located in Texas, is actually a reservoir of what river that's named for a state that is not Texas?

    Answer: Colorado

  24. You may know the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park features in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, but it also stands in for the Danbury Hotel of Aspen in what 1994 comedy?

    Answer: Dumb and Dumber

  25. Golden's NREL is a national laboratory that, as indicated by the letters in its name, focuses on the much-needed research and development of what?

    Answer: Renewable energy

  26. Katharine Lee Bates wrote what famous patriotic song in 1835 after climbing Pikes Peak, just west of Colorado Springs?

    Answer: America the Beautiful

  27. What international confectionery manufacturer and chocolate retailer was founded in 1981 in Durango, Colorado, and is named for a large mountain range in that region?

    Answer: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

  28. Also a slang term for a home run, what is the name of the Colorado Rockies' dinosaur mascot?

    Answer: Dinger

  29. What German-born entrepreneur started his namesake brewery in the town of Golden, Colorado in 1873?

    Answer: Adolph Coors

  30. What Hall of Fame player and coach left Jackson State to become the head coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team in 2022?

    Answer: Deion Sanders

  31. Colorado-style pizza, made popular by the chain Beau Jo's, is made with a thickly braided whole wheat crust and what substance in the place of sugar?

    Answer: Honey

  32. Which Serbian American inventor (whose surname has increased in recognition in recent years) built a laboratory in Colorado Springs in 1899 to study the use of high-voltage, high-frequency electricity in wireless power transmission?

    Answer: Nikola Tesla

  33. What dinosaur, who lived from the mid-Cretaceous through the Jurassic, and whose name means "covered lizard," was named Colorado's official state fossil in 1982?

    Answer: Stegosaurus

  34. The "Orediggers" are the mascot of what university, which only offers majors in STEM subjects and economics, and is located in Golden, Colorado?

    Answer: Colorado School of Mines

  35. The three streets that most immediately border Coors Field are 20th Street, 22nd Street, and what third street that provides the southeastern border of the stadium?

    Answer: Blake Street

  36. Headquartered in Denver, what real estate franchise boasts the largest hot air balloon fleet in the world?

    Answer: Remax

  37. Fat Tire, a Belgian-style ale, is the flagship beer of what Colorado-based craft brewery that distributes their bottled beers nationally?

    Answer: New Belgium

  38. Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and L3Harris Technologies are all relatively large employers in Colorado Springs that operate in what industry?

    Answer: Defense

  39. Opening its first location in Wisconsin in 1997, what "lupine" company claims to operate the largest network of indoor water park resorts in North America, with locations in Colorado Springs, the Pocono Mountains, and others?

    Answer: Great Wolf Lodge

  40. Although outside linebacker Von Miller won a Super Bowl with the NFC West’s Los Angeles Rams in 2022, he was much longer tenured with what AFC West team based out of Colorado? Their franchise name makes them sound like a bunch of wild horses.

    Answer: Denver Broncos

  41. Since 1982, brew-enthusiasts have flocked to which state every fall for the Great American Beer Festival?

    Answer: Colorado

  42. What left-handed pitcher started the first World Series game in Colorado Rockies history? In this case, the first time was not a charm, as he gave up 6 runs in only 4 innings against the Boston Red Sox.

    Answer: Jeff Francis

  43. The appropriately named folk singer John Denver was honored in 2007, ten years after his death, when what song about the natural beauty of the Rockies became one of Colorado's official state songs?

    Answer: Rocky Mountain High

  44. The D&SNG is a popular "narrow gauge" railroad that takes sightseers from Durango, Colorado to what town named for the ore that was mined there in the 19th century?

    Answer: Silverton

  45. Which state is home to more than half of the 100 highest major peaks in the Rockies?

    Answer: Colorado

  46. Although it is nowhere near a river, what Colorado Rocky Mountain town might get its nautical name from the chugging sound of its namesake area where groundwater bubbles up to the surface?

    Answer: Steamboat Springs

  47. When Larry Walker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020, he became the first player depicted wearing what team's cap?

    Answer: Colorado Rockies

  48. What controversial U.S. representative was reelected from the state of Colorado in 2022 over challenger Adam Frisch by a margin of only around 500 votes?

    Answer: Lauren Boebert

  49. What national monument of the Rockies spans the Colorado and Utah border and, as its name suggest, hosts one of the world's richest fossil deposits?

    Answer: Dinosaur National Monument

  50. What 1990s TV show starred Jane Seymour as a 19th century doctor who settled in Colorado Springs, at the foot of the Rockies?

    Answer: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

  51. In addition to Henry J. Kaiser, who was the other co-founder of Kaiser Permanente? This doctor started out taking care of workers on the Colorado River Aqueduct project in the Mojave Desert in 1933.

    Answer: Greenfield

  52. A public park of striking red sandstone formations outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado is given what divine--and alliterative--name?

    Answer: Garden of the Gods

  53. What two-time Super Bowl champion also served as a co-owner and the general manager of the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush from 2003 until the team folded in 2008?

    Answer: John Elway

  54. What is the name of the Denver sports stadium that existed from 1948 to 2001, serving as the home of the Broncos from 1960 to 2000 and of the Rockies in the 1993 and 1994 seasons?

    Answer: Mile High Stadium

  55. "The Powder" is the English name, translated from French, of what pass in the Colorado Rockies where the headwaters of the Colorado River are located?

    Answer: La Poudre

  56. What President signed the act which created the territory of Colorado? The territory existed from 1861 to 1876.

    Answer: James Buchanan

  57. What nineteenth century prospector and wilderness guide became known as the "Colorado Cannibal?" He was convicted for manslaughter in the deaths of six companions whose flesh he confessed to having consumed. He claimed they died of natural causes or that he killed them in self-defense.

    Answer: Alferd Packer

  58. Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park preserves some of the most complete cliff dwellings built by the "Ancestral" communities of what modern-day Native American group, now found in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley?

    Answer: Pueblo

  59. Bringing TV to rural America was the original mission of what Englewood-based TV provider whose logo reflects a piece of equipment with which it is associated?

    Answer: Dish Network

  60. Can't tell a pinot noir from a petit syrah? You might want to engage the services of what kind of professional, of which there are more per capita in Boulder than any U.S. city?

    Answer: Sommelier

  61. What "astronomically" large dune in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park is tied with nearby Hidden Dune as the nation's tallest sand dune?

    Answer: Star Dune

  62. In which 1848 treaty that ended the Mexican American War did Mexico cede the territory that would become the state of Colorado?

    Answer: Guadalupe-Hidalgo

  63. A house on Denver's Pennsylvania St. was once home to what "Unsinkable" heroine, famous for assisting other survivors during the sinking of the Titanic?

    Answer: Molly Brown

  64. Charles Deaton's 1963 "Scultpured House" in Genesee, Colorado is prominently featured in what 1973 comedy about a man who wakes up after being cryogenically frozen for 200 years?

    Answer: Sleeper

  65. What park, designated a U.S. National Park in 1906, that includes dwellings built by the Ancestral Pueblo people such as Cliff Palace, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978?

    Answer: Mesa Verde

  66. In which Colorado town will you find the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs (a certified Guinness world record at over 1,000 feet to the bottom!)

    Answer: Pagosa Springs

  67. What alliterative cactus, the official cactus of the state of Colorado, gets its name from its flowers' resemblance to a particular wine punch cocktail?

    Answer: Claret Cup Cactus

  68. Serving from 1999 to 2007, who was the last Republican Governor of Colorado?

    Answer: Bill Owens

  69. What statutory town in Moffat County has a prehistoric beast name today, but used to be known as both “Baxter Springs” and “Artesia?”

    Answer: Dinosaur

  70. What "Gonzo journalist" ran an unsuccessful campaign for the sheriff's office in Aspen, Colorado in 1970 under the "Freak Power" ticket?

    Answer: Hunter S. Thompson

  71. Colorado Springs is one of the settings along with London in what magician-focused 2006 Christopher Nolan-directed movie? In the film, Colorado Springs serves as the homebase for the experiments of Nikola Tesla (played by none other than David Bowie!) during his ongoing professional rivalry with Thomas Edison.

    Answer: The Prestige

  72. Once the tallest building between San Francisco and the Mississippi, Denver's Daniels & Fisher Tower was modeled on the Campanile of the Piazza San Marco in what Italian city that's way less arid?

    Answer: Venice / Venizia

  73. Boise State, Colorado State, and Utah State are all current members of what geographically named conference in college athletics?

    Answer: Mountain West

  74. The 20 most expensive residential properties sold in the United States in 2020 were in Florida, California, New York, and what Four Corners state?

    Answer: Colorado

  75. Headquartered in Colorado, what repetitively named company claims to be the world's leading provider of in-flight Internet and entertainment?

    Answer: Gogo

  76. Although it only makes subtle references to the state in which it's set through the first few seasons, what television show is set in the fictional Colorado town of Greendale?

    Answer: Community

  77. What municipality has only 5,000 residents but makes its mark as home to the largest ski mountain in Colorado?

    Answer: Vail

  78. Although Lockheed Martin's headquarters are located in Bethesda, Maryland, its space HQ is found in what city approximately 1,600 miles west of Bethesda?

    Answer: Denver

  79. What city of nearly 3,000 people in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is known for having the highest elevation of any municipality in the U.S.? Several of Colorado's "fourteeners" can be seen from the city's downtown.

    Answer: Leadville

  80. What U.S. president signed Proclamation 230, which admitted Colorado to the United States in 1876 as the 38th state? Colorado is sometimes known as "The Centennial State," since it became a state one hundred years after the U.S. became a country.

    Answer: Ulysses S. Grant

  81. In 2002, what state put a ban on placing upholstered furniture outside in a residential area near a big university, thus effectively putting an end to porch couch lounging? (Hint: Students will have to cheer on the school's mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo, from an approved outdoor seating arrangement)

    Answer: Colorado

  82. As of the 2014 estimates, Denver is, unsurprisingly, the most populous city in Colorado. Colorado Springs is the second-most populous with over 400,000 residents. What city is the third-most populous?

    Answer: Aurora

  83. Frank Wisner, the owner of Colorado's Cripple Creek Brewing, invented a dessert in 1893 after being inspired by the nearby snowy peaks. He named this two-item combo "the black cow." Today it is better known by what name?

    Answer: Root Beer Float

  84. In which state is Lockheed’s Space Headquarters located?

    Answer: Colorado

  85. Jonnie Goodboy Tyler lives in the Rocky Mountains in what was once Colorado in what post-apocalyptic 1982 sci-fi novel by L. Ron Hubbard?

    Answer: Battlefield Earth

  86. The "Mother" spring, the world's deepest geothermal hot spring, can be found in what southern Colorado town also known for tubing on the San Juan River?

    Answer: Pagosa Springs

  87. Which legendary Colorado Rockies first baseman, who spent his entire 17-year career with the team between 1997-2013, played college football at the University of Tennessee and actually started over Peyton Manning in 1994?

    Answer: Todd Helton

  88. A U.S. national park on the Gunnison River in Colorado is named for what "colorful" canyon, whose name comes from the shadows cast by its narrow walls?

    Answer: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

  89. Loosely based on the real-life town of Ouray, "Galt's Gulch" is the fictional settlement in rural Colorado established by the protagonists of what 1957 Ayn Rand novel?

    Answer: Atlas Shrugged

  90. What name is given to a mineral in which Gold is combined with element 52 of the periodic table, and which gives its name to a Colorado town that's the location of a former mining camp?

    Answer: Telluride

  91. What Colorado Democrat-turned-Republican was, until the 2022 election of Markwayne Mullin, the last Native American to serve as a U.S. Senator?

    Answer: Ben Nighthorse Campbell

  92. Denver won a bid to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but eventually declined to host, causing the games to be moved to what town in Austria?

    Answer: Innsbruck

  93. Which former MLB pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians has managed the Rockies since 2016?

    Answer: Bud Black

  94. A photo of him wearing a "Monkey Business Crew" shirt with Donna Rice tanked the 1988 presidential campaign of what Colorado senator?

    Answer: Gary Hart

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