“Welcome to Colorful Colorado,” the phrase that greets people at the state line. This phrase is a welcoming beacon after a long day of travel. It greets visitors and residents in the same manner, with open arms and opportunity. When you see those 4 words you know that you have arrived at your destination. These words, almost as soothing as “I love you.” Ok, I know that may be pushing it a little, but in reality if you are traveling and Colorado is your destination, sometimes it feels that way. Depending on what direction you are traveling, that sign may be a sign of relief. **Did you know–Colorado has 7 border states–Wyoming, Utah, Arizona (part of the infamous 4 Corners region), New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
We travel a lot around the United States and in all honesty, I am not being biased, the Colorado welcome sign is, well, the best. It has pizazz! Ok, I am biased. I just love to see the welcome sign. It means I am home. This particular sign does represent home. It is along the Colorado/Utah border on I-70. It is my favorite picture. I took it during our home search in Grand Junction.
The sign, which is deep-rooted with Colorado residents, almost had a face-lift. When I was trying to find some information or history in reference to the sign I read that there was talk years ago about changing the font. But, Colorado folks were not having that! I have also read that some feel the sign is monotone and drab. I mean how can you have the word colorful in a drab wooden, two tone sign? I think it is perspective. What makes Colorado colorful? Colorado is not only mountains. Prairies, farmland, deserts, mesas, canyons, valleys, monuments, all adorn the Colorado landscape as well. All of these different types of topographic treasures make Colorado colorful! It just depends on your outlook.
(The welcome sign on the Colorado/Wyoming border)
I am still a self proclaimed tourist in my own state. I am the one you will see on the side of the road (safely) snapping a picture of the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign. I find it to be somewhat of a treasure hunt to find all of the different signs welcoming folks to the great state of Colorado. One sign in particular had me on a quest. I first saw the sign on Instagram. It truly was the only “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign that was, well, colorful. I had to find it. I was on a mission. And I was bringing my husband and our pup along for the ride. It took some time but I managed, thanks to the Instagram community, to pinpoint the location.
See! It truly is colorful. This sign is located on the Colorado(Hwy 90)/Utah(Hwy 46) border. The nice thing about the location of this sign, it has a turnout for safely taking pictures. Now, I should state that not all signs along the border welcoming folks into Colorado are exciting! But they are worth mentioning. One honorable mention is the Colorado state line sign in Dinosaur National Monument. Not an exciting sign, but it is neat to know that while in the park you are traveling between two different states.
You might be thinking, how in the world can she devote a blog post to a welcome sign? My response, it is a Colorado thing. We even have signs to let you know when you are leaving…..
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