…When you say Colorado, you have to say it right, or you’ll sound like a dork.
Colorado is most likely from the latin root Kel, which is morphed into the spanish word for colorful or variations. It was most likely the spanish who named the Colorado River, Rio Colorado, and that’s where the state took its name. The Colorado starts in Ute country though, but I haven’t yet found their name for that river.
First, sound the O’s tall and long, like mountain tops. Let your tongue flatten into the L then curl around the backside of the 2nd O, getting ready to roll down the R. Say the A wide open like the prarie, then dunk the DO like a rock dropping into a cold clear mountain stream.
Say it with me, C O L O R A D O! Roll the R a little more.