Attractions April 16, 2021
The 6 National Parks In Colorado That Every True Coloradan Should Visit At Least Once
Happy National Park Week, Colorado! Can you believe that we live in a state with some of the most glorious parks in the country? It’s a dream, isn’t it? If you, too, love the great outdoors and our many National Parks, we recommend checking out one (or all) of these 6 Colorado parks ASAP.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
You know we couldn't begin this list of the best National Parks in Colorado without mentioning THE Rocky Mountain National Park! Encompassing a gorgeous 415 square miles, RMNP is the epitome of the Centennial State, thanks to its amazing landscape, 350 miles of trails, and downright spectacular drives. Need another reason to visit? Rocky Mountain National Park is also home to ample fishing, boating, biking, and 4-wheeling.
2. Mesa Verde National Park
When most people think of National Parks, they think of wide-open spaces and vast landscapes, which makes Mesa Verde even more of a pleasant surprise. Tucked away in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde is an incredible 52,485-acre oasis that is home to Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and ancient artifacts from 800+ years ago! During your visit, you can explore some of these dwellings for yourself as well as learn about the fascinating people who once called them home.
3. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Massive amounts of sand in a desert-like environment may not sound like something you would find in Colorado, but it indeed is! Welcome to the Great Sand Dunes: A surprising 232.9 square miles of Sangre de Cristo Range that features a whopping 5 BILLION cubic meters of soft sand. (Seriously, if you think this picture looks amazing, you have got to see this place with your own eyes!)
4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
If you thought that the Grand Canyon was the only ravine in the country, think again! Located in Western Colorado, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a 48-mile-long gorge that runs along the Gunnison River and - like the Grand Canyon - houses dramatic cliffs and crags.
5. Dinosaur National Monument
Okay, so technically it isn't a National Park (as Colorado is home to only 4 official National Parks), but we find this Monument worth mentioning for several reasons. Running along the Colorado/Utah border, Dinosaur National Monument is a fascinating area that is not only pretty to look at but houses a whopping 800 paleontological sites. Need we mention that the area also boasts jaw-dropping views?
6. Hovenweep National Monument
Last but certainly not least on our list of Colorado National Parks (with a few National Monuments sprinkled in!) is Hovenweep National Monument, which, like Mesa Verde National Park, is home to intriguing dwellings from hundreds of years ago. When you visit this 784-acre monument, be sure to hike along one (or all) of its many trails, which will take you past 6 different villages that were once inhabited by some 2,500 Ancestral Puebloans.
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