Colorado National Parks

Colorado has four national parks, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde, plus many national monuments.

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.

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.

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.

Mills Lake 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.

Sandhill Cranes at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

State Parks, Preserves and Heritage Areas

Colorado has 42 state parks, many wildlife preserves, plus parks devoted to the state's history. Explore dinosaur dig sites, ancient cliff dwellings, peaks and canyons.