The town of Parachute Colorado has a population of about 1100 and is located between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

How did Parachute Colorado get its name? We may never know the correct answer to that as there are several different versions. Take a look at this satellite image, does it look like a parachute to you? Apparently, back in 1879, a survey team said the watershed patterns of the Roan Plateau looked like parachute lines.

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However, there are several other theories on how the town of Parachute actually got its name. In the 1900s a local newspaper ran an article saying it came from the Ute word Pahchouc. which meant twins that ran between two mountains.

Then we get a whole new, different story, from Maxine Benson’s book named Maxine Benson’s book 1001 Colorado Place Names, Parachute receives its name from the shape of a creek when viewed from up high, or when hunters were looking down upon the area said we need a parachute to get down there.

Which story do you believe or maybe you have heard and an entirely different theory?

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