View from the Colorado Peak

Colorado National and State Parks, Lakes, and Historic Sites

Colorado. The very name brings up images of the snow-covered Rocky Mountain Parks and streaming rivers. The state boasts 16 national parks and sites and 41 state parks with over 13,000 campsites just to start. Over 200 historic sites and locations also dot the land. Numerous forests and wildlife preserves can also be found in abundance. Summer in Colorado is ideal for hiking, camping, and cooler temperatures as you climb up the majestic peaks. Winter months offer skiing and other outdoor activities. The National Register of Historic Places lists 1,551 sites in the state. More than 7 million visitors come to Colorado national and state parks every year.

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National Parks & Historic Sites

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

35110 State Highway 194, La Junta, CO 81050

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park

South Rim Visitor Center, 10346 Colorado 347, Montrose, CO 81401

California National Historic Trail


Colorado National Monument

Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521

Curecanti National Recreation Area

102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230

Dinosaur National Monument

Vernal, Utah & Dinosaur, Colorado, CO,UT

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

15807 CO Rd 1, Florissant, CO 80816

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

11999 CO-150, Mosca, CO 81146

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah (near Colorado border)

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, 35853 Rd H.5, Mancos, CO 81328

Old Spanish National Historic Trail


Pony Express National Historic Trail


Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado  (Near Estes Park and Grand Lake, CO)

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

55411 County Rd W, Eads, CO 81036

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Various  | Boggsville Historic Site is one example

Yucca House National Monument

19751 Road B, Cortez, CO 81321

For a list of attractions and other ideas, visit Colorado Tourism.

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