National and State Parks

National and State Parks in Colorado

Colorado’s abundance of National and State Parks is just one reason why this state is so special. There are 4 National parks and 42 State Parks. All of these parks have been preserved for various reasons; however, you can expect to find an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. State Parks include RV and tent camping amenities, along with other features unique to each location. Although National Parks allow camping and there are some designated campgrounds, they don’t have the scale of amenities that the State Parks have.

Colorado’s National Parks

  • Rocky Mountain National Park – One of the most popular National Parks in the United States (located just 65 miles from Denver).
  • Mesa Verde National Park – located in southwest Colorado. Explore ancient cliff-dwelling civilizations from 600 A.D.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park – Located in the San Luis Valley, southcentral Colorado. The Old Spanish Trail skirts the southern region. Try sand sledding, skiing, and sandboarding.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison – Located on the western slope between Grand Junction and Telluride. The park is known for its amazingly narrow canyons, carved over millions of years.

National State Parks

Colorado State Parks

Home to over 40 State Parks.  Colorado’s state parks offer some of the best outdoor recreation in all of the U.S., including Camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and water sports. It’s all here and much more, often just a short drive from Denver. Plan your trip with a free visitor’s guide.  Take time to check out at least a few of these amazing natural wonders. Check out our State Park’s Guide to find more details about each park.

Colorado’s National Forest and Grasslands

Explore 11 National Forest and 2 National Grasslands. These large public lands span north to south, mainly located in Colorado’s central rocky mountain region. National forests provide an abundance of wildlife and recreation opportunities.

Colorado’s BLM

Colorado has 8.3 million acres of public land and more than 27 million acres of mineral estate. The BLM manages resources and recreational use on these lands.

Visiting Colorado’s National and State Park

Visiting Colorado’s National and State Parks is a must-do for locals and tourists. Visiting all National and State Parks is not feasible unless you make it a mission. If you look around, you will notice that they are in close proximity to popular towns and cities throughout Colorado. Depending on your interests, you can find State and National Parks that will satisfy your outdoorsy self.

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