List of city nicknames in Colorado
This partial list of city nicknames in Colorado includes some of the sobriquets, pseudonyms, and slogans that identify, or have identified, the cities and towns of the U.S. state of Colorado. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity. Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth" are also believed to have economic value. Their economic value is difficult to measure, but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.
Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.
Nicknames by city
- Alamosa - Gateway to the Great Sand Dunes
- Arvada - Celery Capital of the World
- Aspen - America's Canary City
- Ault - A Unique Little Town
- Aurora - Gateway to the Rockies
- Berthoud - Garden Spot of Colorado
- Black Hawk - City of Mills
- Breckenridge - The Kingdom of Breckenridge
- Cañon City - Climate Capital of Colorado
- Carbondale - Ultimate Rocky Mountain Hideout
- Cedaredge - Southern Gateway to the Grand Mesa
- Central City - Richest square mile on Earth
- Colorado Springs
- Creede - There is no night in Creede
- Crested Butte
- Deer Trail - Home of the World's First Rodeo
- Dove Creek - Pinto Bean Capital of the World
- Durango - Durango Rocks!
- Fairplay - The Real South Park
- Fort Collins
- Fort Morgan
- Fruita - Home of Mike the Headless Chicken
- Grand Junction
- Golden - Where the West Lives
- Leadville - Magic City
- Limon - The Hub City of the Plains
- Longmont - Longtucky
- Lyons - Double Gateway to the Rockies (or Double Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park)
- Palisade - Peach Capital of Colorado
- Severance - Where the geese fly and the bulls cry
- Steamboat Springs
- Sterling - A Colorado treasure
- Colorado municipalities
- List of city nicknames in the United States
- List of cities and towns in Colorado
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- Carnation Festival, History Clippings from 1970 refer to Wheat Ridge's then well-known status as Carnation Capital of the World