Colorado hiking trail renamed after John Denver’s song

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John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High, one of Colorado’s two state songs, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

GOLDEN, Colorado – A hiking trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park has been renamed for Colorado’s second state song.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) has renamed Golden Gate Canyon State Park’s Mountain Lion Trail the “Rocky Mountain High Trail.”

Polis’ office made the name change announcement Wednesday in honor of the 50th anniversary of John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”

“Here in Colorado, we’ve always known that our majestic mountains, brilliant blue skies, starry nights, forest and streams were the stuff of legends – but John Denver also made them the stuff of song lyrics. And not just any lyrics, but world famous lyrics that span genres and generations,” Polis said.

“My parents took me to my first concert to see John Denver at Red Rocks in 1980 when I was five, and I danced the aisles and our family continues to dance to this day to the incredible music of John Denver As we continue to protect our environment and ensure Coloradans can thrive for generations to come, I am thrilled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our state song Rocky Mountain High in such a meaningful way. .

“Rocky Mountain High” was released by Denver in 1972. As the title track of his album “Rocky Mountain High”, the song rose to #9 on the Hot 100 in 1973.

The song became one of two official state songs of Colorado in 2007, sharing the honor with “Where the Columbines Grow”.

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