Colorado already has an official state bird, a state flower, even a state song. So why not–a state rock too?

Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 357 in Lakewood—we have just such a thing today. On 9News 6 a.m. Troop Leader Leslee Randolph said the girls worked for months trying to convince Colorado lawmakers to make yule marble the official state rock.

Their work is paying off with a State Capitol ceremony involving Governor Owens.

Yule marble, which comes from the Yule quarry in Colorado, has been used in many buildings, including the Washington Monument and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

It also was used extensively throughout the Colorado State Capitol. For their work, the girls of Troop 357 earned geology and government badges. And now, a place in state history.

A video clip of our interview is available under the video heading of

Marble: the epicenter of fall colors in Colorado

For Colorado visitors seeking the best location to view fall colors, The Denver Post Travel Section noted Marble as “the epicenter of fall colors in Colorado”. During September and early October, the mountainsides surrounding Marble are blanketed with golden and red aspens, russet Gambel’s oak, maroon-colored serviceberry and mountain mahogany, and golden mountain ash and snowberry.

Marble’s Milton Falls are the Original Coors Falls -Brief Article Modern Brewery Age, Oct 20, 2003

Marble’s Milton Falls are the Original Coors Falls -Brief Article Modern Brewery Age, Oct 20, 2003

AP For years, many of the 200,000-plus annual visitors to the Yankee Boy Basin have nicknamed two mirror-image waterfalls here “Coors falls,” thinking they were the model for falls on Coors Light beer cans. Not so, says a spokeswoman for Coors Brewing Co. in Golden, after researching the question for The Denver Post.

The model for the Coors logo created in 1978 is not Twin Falls but Milton Falls near Marble, Coors spokeswoman Hilary Martin said–a fact that came as a nice surprise to Marble and a shock to Ouray.

“No kidding? That’s fantastic,” said Vince Savage, a Marble resident.

“Oh, my goodness,” said a dismayed Rennie Ross of the Ouray Chamber of Commerce. “All I know is that is what I’ve always heard.”

Even the owner of the falls, Florida businessman Dave Walker, said that he heard about the Coors connection when he bought the property in 1978 and has believed that the Twin Falls were the Coors falls.