Contents 1 History 2 Population 3 Economy 4 Tourism 5 Footnotes 6 Further reading

History[edit] Historically, Ute people inhabited the area, and most of it was part of Utah Territory before its inclusion into the Colorado Territory upon organization in 1861. White settlers began arriving in large numbers in the late 1870s and early 1880s. The region has a rich heritage in farming and ranching, with agribusiness remaining a key industries for most of the western slope still today. It is also historically an energy hub, with coal, oil and natural gas production.

Population[edit] The Western Slope region is sparsely populated, containing 38% of Colorado's area but only 10.7% of its population. The region had a population of 563,138 in July 2013, an increase of 0.6% on the previous year, and had a low growth rate over the previous three years compared to the rest of the state.[2] The most populated areas of the Western slope are, first, The Tri County area, which contains Grand Junction, Montrose, and Delta, and second, the Intermountain area, containing Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Vail. Grand Junction is the largest city between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah, with a population of 61,881 (2016, US Census Bureau).[citation needed]

Economy[edit] Economic activity has primarily centered around ranching, mining, and tourism. Fruit farming is also prevalent in areas along the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, including the Grand Valley, where the Town of Palisade is recognized as the center of Colorado Wine Country, with over 20 wineries, and purveyor of Palisade peaches. Much of the area's economy continues to dependent upon energy extraction services and tourism. The region contains plentiful sources of oil, natural gas, uranium, and coal. It is also known worldwide for its ski resorts, with popular destinations such as Aspen, Crested Butte, Vail, and Steamboat Springs. Most counties in the northern areas of the slope have at least one ski resort, which help support the tourism industry. Outdoor recreation opportunities are not limited to the ski season, however. Many businesses in the outdoor recreation industry are moving to the area for year-round access to trails, slopes and waterways which offer numerous opportunities to not only enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, but to test products in these natural elements. Although much the area's economy is still dominated by energy extraction services and tourism, the Grand Junction area's most prominent economic sector is health care. Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County is a regional healthcare hub servicing approximately 11 counties in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, which includes more than 500,000 people.[citation needed]

Tourism[edit] Points of interest include Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Glenwood Springs, Colorado National Monument and Dinosaur National Monument.

Footnotes[edit] ^ Library of Congress. Authorities & Vocabularies. Western Slope (Colo.) ^ Fox, Brooke (November 2014). "Western Slope Economy" (PDF). Colorado Business Review. Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. 80 (4): 1. 

Further reading[edit] Steven C. Schultz, As Precious as Blood: The Western Slope in Colorado's Water Wars, 1900-1970. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2016. v t e  State of Colorado Denver (capital) Topics Index Coloradans Elections Federal lands Geography Government Highways History Timeline Images Law Military Mountains Museums Public Defender Paleontology Rivers Symbols Transportation Tourist attractions Seal of Colorado Society Crime Culture Demographics Economy Education Politics Sports Regions Central Colorado Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area Eastern Plains Front Range Grand Valley High Plains High Rockies Mineral Belt Northern Colorado Northwestern Colorado Piedmont Plateau Roan Plateau Roaring Fork Valley San Luis Valley Sangre de Cristo Mountains South-Central Colorado Southwest Colorado Uinta Mountains Uintah Basin Western Slope Municipalities Akron Alamosa Arvada Aspen Aurora Boulder Breckenridge Brighton Broomfield Cañon City Castle Rock Centennial Colorado Springs Commerce City Cortez Craig Delta Denver Durango Englewood Erie Evans Fairplay Federal Heights Fort Collins Fort Morgan Fountain Golden Glenwood Springs Grand Junction Greeley Greenwood Village Gunnison La Junta Lafayette Lakewood Lamar Leadville Littleton Longmont Louisville Loveland Montrose Northglenn Parker Platteville Pueblo Salida Steamboat Springs Sterling Superior Thornton Trinidad Vail Westminster Wheat Ridge Windsor Counties Adams Alamosa Arapahoe Archuleta Baca Bent Boulder Broomfield Chaffee Cheyenne Clear Creek Conejos Costilla Crowley Custer Delta Denver Dolores Douglas Eagle El Paso Elbert Fremont Garfield Gilpin Grand Gunnison Hinsdale Huerfano Jackson Jefferson Kiowa Kit Carson La Plata Lake Larimer Las Animas Lincoln Logan Mesa Mineral Moffat Montezuma Montrose Morgan Otero Ouray Park Phillips Pitkin Prowers Pueblo Rio Blanco Rio Grande Routt Saguache San Juan San Miguel Sedgwick Summit Teller Washington Weld Yuma Retrieved from "" Categories: Colorado Western SlopeRegions of ColoradoRocky MountainsTributaries of the Colorado River in ColoradoHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from October 2016All articles needing additional referencesAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from October 2016Colorado articles missing geocoordinate dataAll articles needing coordinates

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