Below is a sampling of experiences for those hoping to get outdoors to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial throughout 2016 and beyond. For more information on Colorado’s national parks, visit http://www.colorado.com/national-parks-colorado. For more information on Colorado's national monuments, visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/quick-guide-colorados-national-monuments.
Colorado’s Four National Parks
|Gunnison River flows through the steep|
Black Canyon in Colorado
|Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado|
|Mesa Verde, the largest cliff dwelling in |
North America, illustrates history of our first settlers.
Rocky Mountain National Park—Nestled
between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, 415-square-miles encompass and
protect spectacular mountain environments located in the Front Range of the
Rocky Mountains. Trail Ridge Road takes visitors up to 12,183 feet in elevation
on the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. A variety of ranger-led
programs teach visitors about the park, wildlife and flowers. Hikes for
all ability levels can be found throughout the park, or ride a bicycle down
Trail Ridge Road. During the fall, visitors watch the annual elk rut when bull
elk gather in meadows. In winter, cross-country skiing, sledding and
snowshoeing are all popular diversions for those wanting to play in the snow.
|Driving beautiful and accessible Trail Ridge Road in |
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
Colorado’s Eight National Monuments
Browns Canyon, Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients, Chimney Rock, Florissant Fossil Beds, Dinosaur, Hovenweep and Yucca House are Colorado’s eight national monuments dedicated to protecting the state’s history and culture. These monuments include the highest density of archaeological sites in the country. Unique learning experiences can be enjoyed at any of these, including one of the most diverse insect fossil sites in the world and prime white water rafting and stone towers built by the Ancestral Puebloan people.
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