Explore Colorado National Parks

We love Colorado and exploring its national park sites with diverse and unexpected landscapes. Rocky Mountain National Park spans the Continental Divide with alpine lakes, the headwaters of the Colorado River and dozens of mountain peaks. Mesa Verde National Park showcases human history at ancient cliff dwellings from 1,400 years ago. Sled or hike a spectacular array of dunes trapped by mountains at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and watch birds take a deep dive between the vertical canyon walls of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We invite you to travel the depths of Colorado and discover your own place of adventure.

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Spanning the Continental Divide, the park stretches across 415 square miles filled with alpine lakes, the headwaters of the Colorado River and dozens of mountain peaks.

Cliff Palace Tour in Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Described as the pyramids of North America, the ancient ruins at Mesa Verde hold the early stories of our nation from 1,400 years ago.

Sunset of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Is this south central Colorado or the Sahara? It’s not always easy to tell at this unique park where the continent’s tallest sand dunes join the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Sunset at the Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

At this impossibly sheer, narrow canyon in southwestern Colorado, 40 feet at it's narrowest, rock walls plunge a half mile down.

Panorama of Colorado National Monument in western Colorado

Colorado National Monument

Best known for its vistas from the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive, the park also is a great place to hike, watch wildlife and stargaze.

Sunset at Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

The dinosaur bones at this park would be reason enough to stop here, but the monument also has excellent river rafting, hiking and ancient rock art panels.

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The Loch in Rocky Mountain National Park

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48 Hours in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Make your time in the park count with our detailed itinerary! This other-worldly park boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Storm clouds over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park

10 Ways to Live in the Moment, Colorado-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Colorado-style, even if you can't visit the national parks in person.

Hot Springs pool in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

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Photographer at Great Sand Dunes National Park

National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape or a wildlife pic send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit Colorado’s National Parks Virtually

You don’t have to visit Colorado’s national parks in person to experience their spectacular views and trails.

East Inlet Trail with a view of Andrews Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

Which Rocky Mountain Park Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park by answering a few questions. Then view our personalized guide to the trail.