Miss Colorado USA
The Miss Colorado USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss USA pageant. The event was held in Loveland from 2006 to 2008 (2007-2009 titles) and moved to Greeley in 2010.
From 1993 to 2006, the Miss Colorado USA state pageant was directed by Carol Hirata and the Carlton Group. In 2007, it was taken over by Future Productions, which also directs the state pageants for Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has been one of the less successful states at Miss USA, having not had a finalist since 1963 until Jessica Hartman finished third runner-up in 2010. They have, however been successful with other awards, being one of only four states to have been awarded Miss Photogenic twice.
Two Miss Colorado USA winners were former Miss Colorado Teen USA titleholders and four were former Miss America contestants. One of Colorado's winners Katee Doland has all three state titles: Miss Colorado Teen USA, Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado America. The 2002 and 2003 Miss Colorado USA titleholders had previously held Miss Colorado titles in the same order in subsequent years.
- Third runner-up: Rhea Looney (1963), Jessica Hartman (2010)
- Top 10: Debbie James (1989), Tiani Jones (2000), Marybel Gonzalez (2012)
- Top 15: Jeanie Carroll (1953), Dorothy Jane Bewley (1955), Karen Keeler (1956), Diane Lee Gardner (1959), Penny Jo James (1962), Susan Hawkins (1969)
- Miss Congeniality: Diane Knaub (1971), Crystal Grove (1998)
- Miss Photogenic: Katee Doland (2001), Susan Hawkins (1969)
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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