Skiers consider Colorado their paradise not for nothing: the state has more mountain peaks reaching 14,000 feet than any other state. Moreover, the world's largest flat-top plateau is also located in Colorado and named "Grand Mesa". Colorado has an average elevation of 6,800 ft above sea level followed by Wyoming with a mean elevation of 6,700 ft above sea level. Utah is third with a mean elevation of 6,100 ft above sea level. Fourth is New Mexico. The states with highest mean elevation are dominated by the Rocky Mountains. These areas are characterized by mountains and high (elevated) plains.

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