Breathtaking vistas, spectacular red rock cliffs, and miles of untouched scenery. These are a few of the unbelievable sights that await you in Colorado’s National Parks. The Centennial State’s four national parks sport a wide variety of landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to wide-open desert plains. Check out our guide to discover the best Colorado National Parks. Don’t you wish the great outdoors could be right outside your back door? Visit our Summer Activities page and find out what it’s like to live in the beautiful state of Colorado!
The Best National Parks in Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, less than a two-hour drive from Denver, features 415 square miles of alpine and subalpine territory that will certainly stamp itself into your memory passport. Sporting 300 miles of hiking trails, five campgrounds, and a bounty of wildlife, there is plenty of fun and wild times awaiting you! Trail Ridge Road takes you up 12,000 feet for views you won’t soon forget. Rocky top indeed!
Mesa Verde National Park
Take a step back in time — more than 700 years, to be exact — for a look into the lives of Ancestral Pueblo people. Mesa Verde is home to 600 cliff dwelling villages and some of the best preserved archeological sites in the United States. Stop by the Visitor Center to grab a national park map before heading out to explore the park’s 40+ miles of sights.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Sand dunes? In Colorado? Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Wetlands, forests, lakes, and tundra: this Colorado National Park has some of the most diverse environments you’ll find all wrapped up in one amazing package. Horseback riding, sand sledding down a gigantic sand dune, and camping under the starry sky are just a few of the many fun activities available.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Explore some of North America’s oldest rock formations and peaks formed by the Gunnison River. This Colorado National Park boasts excellent rock climbing for experienced climbers. If that’s a little more adventure than you can handle, check out all of the activities that Black Canyon of Gunnison Park has to offer!
Honorable Mention: Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument technically isn’t a national park, but it is home to a great American landmark treasure. There are rock formations galore that date back to more than one billion years old. Make sure you don’t miss zipping around the twists and turns of Rock Rock Drive, where you can spot bighorn sheep maneuvering gorgeous red rock canyon walls.
Tip: Make sure you check the National Park Service for updates regarding tickets, hours and safety alerts.
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