Colorado’s State Symbols: The State Songs

Colorado actually has two state songs. The traditional state song is “Where the Columbines Grow,” which was adopted as the state song back in 1915. The song was composed by traveler A.J. Fynn, who was inspired by a meadow full of Columbines (which are also our state flower). You can read the words to the song and listen to audio of the music at the Colorado State Archives website. If you would like a copy of the sheet music for the song, email our library at

In 2007, Colorado adopted a second state song, “Rocky Mountain High,” with music by Mike Taylor and lyrics by John Denver. The song was written in 1973.  You can also read the words to this song at the State Archives site.