Colorado State Travel Guide



Colorado is home to 16 units within the National Park Service including: Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, California National Historic Trail, Colorado National Monument, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Dinosaur National Monument, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Hovenweep National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Santa Fe National Historic Trail, and Yucca House National Monument.

The state is also home to 1 World Heritage Site (Mesa Verde National Park), 1551 National Historic Places, 25 National Historic Landmarks, 15 National Natural Landmarks, 2 National Conservaiton Areas, and 3 National Heritage Areas including Cache La Poudre River Corridor, Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, and South Park National Heritage Area. Plus, there are 8 National Monuments, 2 National Recreation Areas, 42 Wilderness Areas, 8 National Wildlife Refuges and 41 State Parks to explore, along with 11 National Forests, two National Grasslands and 307 State Wildlife Areas.  

Named after the Colorado River, Colorado is the 8th largest US state, and geographically diverse encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains, the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau, and the western edge of the Great Plains. It was admitted as the 38th US State on August 1, 1876, a century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, and thus nicknamed the “Centennial State.”

“If you like the outdoors, Colorado is a big adventure playground for adults: it’s great for skiing, cycling, climbing, and hiking.” Tyler Hamilton

Our Colorado State Travel Guide features: Parks & Public Lands, Articles & Interviews, Park Gateway Communities, Travel Info & Services, Where to Stay, Food & Drink, See & Do, and Shopping.

visitor bureaus, chamber of commerce, national park travel information, tour operators, tours, roadside help
hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks, where to stay in national parks
Restaurants, bars, clubs, gourmet food, coffee shops, eateries that are near to National Parks & Public Lands.

Attractions and activities near to National Parks and public lands.
Shopping in and around National Parks and public lands


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