Area Information


Burlington was originally laid out one mile west of its present location in 1887 by a man named Lowell in anticipation of the arrival of the railroad. In addition to having the location wrong, Lowell also did not have title to the land. When the railroad did arrive, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, it built its depot at the present site of Burlington and those who had built in Old Burlington moved their building to the new town site. Trains began running in 1888 and our town was incorporated.

Our area gets roughly 16 inches of rain per year and 24 inch of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is approximately 54. On average, there are 257 sunny days per year in our community. The July high is around 90 degrees and the January low is 16.

Students in our town attend Burlinton's own elementary, middle and high schools. We also have our own public library with 19,449 books, 1,154 audio materials, 40 video materials, 34 serial subscriptions and more.

For those seeking higher educational opportunities, there are five institutes to choose from in Denver just 119 miles down the road or the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, a mere 141 miles away.

The Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital is located in our community and there are three other medical facilities within a 40-minute drive.

There are two single-runway airports in Burlington.

Burlington pays tribute to the state's significant Western and agricultural history with its well-preserved Old Town Museum. It's a collection of antique-filled buildings with exhibits and information that help put the state's history into perspective. If you time it right, you might even catch a can-can show in the bar.


The 1905 Kit Carson County Carousel features not only horses, but hand-carved wooden giraffes and lions, whirling to the music of a 1909 Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ.

Bonny Lake State Park is popular with campers and picnickers, and there's a short nature trail for those who want to get out and stretch their legs. Longhorn Trail, which winds through town, is also a popular place for a leisurely stroll, especially for those with pets.

A day trip to Denver brings a whole new area to explore. Our state capital is home to world-class museums, award-winning theater, a downtown amusement park, eight professional sports teams and one of the nation’s most popular zoos.

Our community offers all the advantages of a rural lifestyle, yet our residents can take advantage of a plethora of amenities in the surrounding metropolitan areas. Stop by our United Country office, and let us introduce you to Colorado.

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