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    Occupying a lofty Rocky Mountain perch, the resort town of Vail is best known for its proximity to the ski slopes, though summer visitors will find as many hiking and mountain biking trails for the taking.

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Colorado National Parks and Monuments

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Our site contains complete information on national parks and monuments in Colorado, including national historic sites, recreation areas, memorials, and more.

You'll find complete details for each national park, as well as nearby trails, attractions, hotels, and guides. Explore national monument photo galleries, tourist information and plan your visit.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests cover an area of 1.3 million acres, acres that consist of hills and mountains both.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstruction of a trading post from the early 1800s, one of the few white outposts along the Santa Fe Trail.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of many awe-inspiring canyons carved by the Colorado River system. Here, the Gunnison River has sliced sharply into the rock, leaving behind rugged dark cliffs that give the canyon its name. Unlike the Grand Canyon, Black Canyon is narrow and steep, and at some places visitors can look over an edge for heart-stopping views 2,000 feet straight down.

Curecanti National Recreation Area includes 42,000 acres of beautiful country along the Gunnison River. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, narrow canyons abound. Blue Mesa Reservoir, with 96 miles of shoreline, is Colorado's largest body of water.

Dinosaur National Monument Dinosaur National Monument is two parks in one. It was originally established to protect an area that was one of the most productive sources of dinosaur bones in the world. This area contains an enclosed quarry with some 1,600 exposed bones from 11 different dinosaur species. The park was later expanded to include 300 square miles of great, high desert canyon country through which the Green and Yampa Rivers flow. This area offers wonderful scenery and some good hiking and white water rafting opportunities.

The Florissant Fossil Beds are a visual record of plant and animal life in the Colorado region some 35 million years ago. Several nature trails wander through a pleasant mountain valley sprinkled with petrified sequoia stumps, with views of Pike's Peak to the east.

Great Sand Dunes National Park Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest sand dunes in the U.S., nestled at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado. Over 700 feet high in places, the sweeping dunes are constantly changed by winds coming over the Rockies.

Hovenweep National Monument Hovenweep National Monument features some impressive ancient Indian ruins in an very remote area along the Utah/Colorado border.

Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde National Park showcases some of the best-preserved and largest Anasazi ruins in the country. Several large cliff dwelling communities cut into the side of sandstone cliffs are the main attraction, along with thousands of smaller ruins and spectacular views of the Four Corners region.

These grasslands stretch for nearly 200,000 acres throughout Weld Country and they are both beautiful and full of life.

Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park exhibits the massive grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Throughout its 415 square miles of rock-ribbed wildness, the park truly is a land of superlatives. Here, at least 60 mountains exceed 12,000 feet, topping off at 14,255 feet on the football field-sized summit of Longs Peak.

An unexcavated Ancestral Pueblo structure has been left as found at this tiny National Monument.

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Chaffee County Chaffee County Chaffee County
Central ColoradoMore than 100 miles of the Arkansas River and her tributaries flow through the heart of Chaffee County, gracing both Salida and Buena Vista with her beauty and world-renowned whitewater, fly-fishing, scenery and river festivals.
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Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado Springs
Central ColoradoFind yourself in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak. We have five historic trains to transport you back to the days of cowboys and gold mining. Endless trails allow you to enjoy the abundant sunshine and spectacular scenery. A family vacation in Colorado Springs is the smart choice – great lodging values, a long list of low-cost or no-cost activities, and adventure around every corner. Order your free guide today.
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Grand Lake Grand Lake Grand Lake
Rocky Mountain National ParkAt the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado, dipping to 265 feet. Fed by high mountain runoff, the lake is clear and pristine. In the summer, you can rent a boat, bring your own or simply enjoy the gentle lapping of the waves from the sandy shore. Grand Lake connects with Shadow Mountain Lake via a canal, and just down the road is Lake Granby, the second largest body of water in Colorado.
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Mesa Verde Country Mesa Verde Country Mesa Verde Country
SouthwestSouthwest Colorado's towns of Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Towaoc embrace the archaeological center of America, anchored by world-renowned Mesa Verde National Park.
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Ouray Ouray Ouray
SouthwestOuray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray has been eloquently nicknamed the "Switzerland of America."
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Pagosa Springs Pagosa Springs Pagosa Springs
Southwestern ColoradoOur small town atmosphere and endless beauty allows you to feel the true meaning of a vacation. Refresh your spirit in a place away from the crowds. Restore your sense of fun while exploring over three million acres of wilderness and national forest. Reconnect with family and friends. Come to Pagosa Springs and enjoy simplicity on a grand scale.
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Delta County Delta County Delta County
You'll want to discover all of Our Side. Delta County features playgrounds from 4, 000 ft to 11,000 ft. and all the fun stuff in between. Small country farms, orchards burgeoning with fruit, winemakers busy at their craft and chefs stirring it up.
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Lake City - Hinsdale County Lake City - Hinsdale County Lake City - Hinsdale County
SouthwestEncompassing more than one thousand square miles of untamed beauty, Hinsdale County stands unrivaled when outdoor recreation, unique geology, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and historic significance come into play.
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Rifle Rifle Rifle
WesternSki, snowmobile, hike, fish and do whatever else suites you in beautiful Riflt, Colorado. Locals take pride in their beautiful city, and visitors won't soon forget the breathtaking beauty.
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Cripple Creek Cripple Creek Cripple Creek
Nestled within majestic Rocky Mountain scenery, Cripple Creek offers fun and adventures for the entire family. Try your luck in one of our exciting casinos, check out our fascinating museums, or explore our many history-rich activities such as a ride on the CC&V Narrow Gauge Railroad or a 1,000 foot descent underground into the Mollie Kathleen Mine.
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Alamosa Alamosa Alamosa
Located in the heart of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa’s unique mix of incredible outdoor recreation, unique family attractions and breathtaking scenic wonders makes it a premier vacation destination in Colorado. With affordable lodging, dining and shopping options to complement the endless activities you’ll find here, Alamosa is the perfect location for your next trip. Order your free Visitors Guide today.
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Trinidad Trinidad Trinidad
Southern ColoradoKnown as a heritage town with grand nineteenth-century architecture and brick streets that date to the early 1900s, Trinidad is set in a green valley halfway between Denver and Santa Fe. The town is surrounded by vast state and national recreation areas, including two state parks. Trinidad is the gateway to the Scenic Highway of Legends, where travelers find lakes and stunning dikes that radiate out from the ancient Spanish Peaks. Historic and prehistoric sites abound in every direction.
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South Fork South Fork South Fork
Are you looking for a naturalist paradise with affordability? Then look no further South Fork is your destination. A world class golf course, gold medal fishing in the Rio Grande, and thousands of acres of National Forest to hike, bike, ATV, ski and snowmobile through.
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