EXCITING PLACES TO SEE
From family attractions, national parks and outdoor adventure to metropolitan cities and friendly towns, there is no shortage of things to do all year round in Colorado.
Colorado’s four National Parks — Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — house some of the world’s most wondrous and diverse scenery. And with four changing seasons, it’s no wonder Colorado is known for being colorful.
Rocky Mountain National Park sits comfortably between Estes Park and Grand Lake and showcases the pure and natural beauty of the region. With high-mountain lakes and streams, peaks soaring more than 14,000 feet into the sky, thick evergreen forests and acres of wildlife, this national park is what most people imagine when they think of the Colorado Rockies.
There are so many different eco systems in Colorado, that when you arrive at Mesa National Park located in the southwest corner of Colorado near Cortez, you’ll think you’ve hopped the border back into New Mexico or Arizona. Home to some of the most unique Ancestral Puebloan dwellings in the world, Mesa Verde has been inspiring interest for hundreds of years. The adobe-constructed homes are an incredible sight for visitors as they glare skyward and sit in wonder at the ancient dwellings tucked securely into the cliff walls.
Changing scenery yet again, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve will place you under a mountain of sand towering 750 feet high at an elevation of 8,700 feet above sea level. The entire dune field itself, located near the town of Alamosa, makes up 30 square miles within the 150,000-acre park. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking, off-roading, or even skiing and “sandboarding” like you would on the snowy slopes.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park will take your gaze away from the open Colorado sky and down into sheer black canyon walls plummeting up to 2,700 feet on a 53-mile stretch of narrowing gorge near Montrose, Colorado. Since it’s discovery in the 1700s, the gorge has been renowned for its dramatic scenery and recreational opportunities year-round.
Colorado is a road tripper and campers paradise that provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. There is truly something for everyone here.