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Every state has emblems or symbols.  Colorado has its own unique emblems or symbols.  Below is a list of each emblem and a brief explanation of each one. 

Colorado State Flower:
         The Rocky Mountain Columbine has long been the state flower.  Like the Colorado flag, columbines have blue for the skies, white for the snows, and gold for the metal.  It is against the law for anyone to pick wild columbines. 

Colorado columbine - click to see all state flowers

Colorado State Bird:
         The Colorado Sate Bird is the Lark Bunting.  The lark bunting was chosen by school children as the state bird.  A little black and white bird, the lark bunting sings while it is flying.  It is found mainly on the plains. 
Mature lark bunting - click to see all state birds

Colorado State Animal:
        The Colorado State Animal is the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.  Not every state has an animal for a symbol.  Colorado adopted the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep because this is one fo the few places where it can be found.  It is very strong and brave animal that lives high on the mountain slopes. 
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep - click to see all state mammals

Colorado State Fish:
        The Colorado State Fish is the greenback cutthroat trout was adopted as the official state fish on May 15, 1994.  Greenback cutthroat trout once lived in small creeks, streams, and rivers throughout Colorado, and steps have been taken to protect them and expand their numbers.
Cutthroat trout - click to see all state fish

Colorado State Insect:
       The Colorado State Insect is the Colorado hairstreak butterfly.  It was adopted as the official state insect on April 17, 1996.  It is two inches wide and has purple wings with black borders, orange accents in the corners, and blue on the underside.  School children lobbied to have the butterfly adopted. 
Colorado hairstreak butterfly - click to see all state insects

Colorado State Grass:
     The Colorado State Grass is the Blue Grama.  This grass is native to Colorado.  It was native to Colorado.  It was the main source of food for the buffalo that once roamed the plains.  Grama gross grows 6 to 12 inches tall.  It is called blue grama because the stems end in a bluish-purple spike. 
Blue grama grass - click to see all flower & plant symbols

Colorado State Tree:
      The Colorado State Tree is the Colorado blue spruce.  Although it is found wild in only part of the state, it can be planted and will grow everywhere in Colorado.  Some trees are almost blue in color; others seem almost silver. 
Blue spruce trees in winter - click to see all state trees

Colorado State Fossil:
      In 1982 students from McElwain Elementary School in Thornton were able to get the governor to add a dinosaur fossil to the list of state emblems. The students chose a stegosaurus fossil because the first complete skeleton of the stegosaurus was found in Colorado.  The stegosaurus live in in the Colorado area 150 million years ago.  It is believed to have weighed ten tons, although its brain only weighed tow and one-half ounces.
Stegosaurus mother and child - click to see all state fossils

Colorado State Gemstone:
     The Colorado State Gemstone is the aquamarine.  The aquamarine was designated Colorado's gemstone on April 12, 1971.  Aquamarines are found in Colorado on Mt. Antero, one of the state's highest mountains.  Colorado has over 480 types of minerals, more than most other states in the country. 
Aquamarine crystal - click to see all state gemstones

Colorado State Flag:
    The flag is divided into three equal stripes.  The two blue stripes stand for Colorado's skies; the white stripe represents the mountain snows.  The C is for Colorado, of course, and its red color represents the red soil found in much of the state.  The gold circle in the middle of the C is for the metal ore that was so important in the state's history. 
Colorado state flag - click to see all state flags

Colorado State Seal:
     The state seal is used on important state documents and papers.  Within the triangle is the eye of God.  The Latin words mean "nothing without providence." What are the tools on the shield?
Colorado State Seal - click to see all state seals

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