Colorado National Parks and Natural Landscapes


Featured Colorado locations are listed below, and shown on the Colorado map - these include ancient ruins, canyons, fossils, mountains, rock formations and scenic drives.

Alternatively, see these other Colorado listings pages:

National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas and National Historic Sites

National Park Service Units

Florissant Fossil Beds
Florissant Fossil Beds
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON National Park - spectacular sheer-walled canyon, formed by the Gunnison River at the west edge of the Rocky Mountains
COLORADO National Monument - eroded red rock cliffs and deep, sheer-walled canyons, south of the Colorado River near Grand Junction
CURECANTI National Recreation Area - three reservoirs along the Gunnison River in the western Rocky Mountains, two enclosed by steep cliffs
DINOSAUR National Monument - fossilized bones and remote canyons, centered on the Green and Yampa rivers (described in the Utah section)
FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS National Monument - petrified sequoia stumps and other fossils, in the Rocky Mountain foothills
GREAT SAND DUNES National Park and Preserve - miles of wind-blown dunes at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
HOVENWEEP National Monument - ancient ruins in wooded mesa/canyon country (described in the Utah section)
MESA VERDE National Park - many well-preserved cliff dwellings; largest and most numerous collection of Anasazi ruins in the Southwest
ROCKY MOUNTAIN National Park - most accessible section of the central Rockies, featuring glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and the highest paved highway in Colorado


Other Scenic Places

Arapaho NRA
Arapaho NRA
Independence Pass
Independence Pass
Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak

ARAPAHO National Recreation Area - five scenic lakes in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, along the upper Colorado River
GARDEN OF THE GODS - jagged red rocks near Colorado Springs; very popular location for climbing, hiking, cycling and photography
INDEPENDENCE PASS - the highest paved pass in Colorado (12,095 feet), in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, east of Aspen
MAROON BELLS - jagged red peaks rising to 14,000 feet, in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen
MOUNT EVANS - 14,264 foot peak near Denver, accessed by the highest paved road in America
PIKES PEAK - 14,110 foot summit, the most visited mountain in the USA, reachable by a trail, a cog railway, or a 19 mile scenic drive
RIFLE FALLS State Park - unusual triple waterfall in the remote northwest
SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS - dramatic section of the southwestern Rocky Mountains, featuring high summits, canyons, historic towns and old mines


Colorado Hotels

Choose from over 470 Colorado hotels in 86 towns and cities; maps, national park hotels, interstate hotels and brand directories

Locations include:
Colorado Hotels
Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Denver, Durango, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Grand Junction, Montrose, Pueblo


Other Colorado Resources

Driving Distances - mileages between selected places
Introduction - summary of Colorado's scenic areas
Maps - state map and national park maps
Weather - forecasts for Colorado cities and parks
Colorado Travel Itineraries

Colorado River
Colorado River - follow the Colorado River, from its source high up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert at Yuma, Arizona. The river passes seven NPS units, plus many other scenic places

Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies - the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, from the San Juan area in the southwest to Rocky Mountain National Park in the northeast. Includes the Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon, Maroon Bells, Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods

Colorado Photography

Photographs - indexed by location
Panoramic Photographs - wide landscape photos
QTVR - quicktime panoramas

Photograph Search
Plants of Colorado

Colorado cacti
Cacti - photos and descriptions of 15 Colorado cactus species; genera are cylindropuntia, echinocereus, escobaria, mammillaria, opuntia, pediocactus and sclerocactus

Colorado wildflowers
Flowers - Colorado wildflowers and flowering shrubs; photographs and identifying characteristics, arranged by the most common color groups (blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow)

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