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Public Lands in Colorado

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Colorado's protected areas include some of the most stunning crown jewels in the entire National Parks system. The state's geology, archaeological sites, and steep rivers, mountains, and canyons all lend themselves to conservation, recreation, and enjoyment. The Rocky Mountains and surrounding deserts and plains contain some of the country's most incredible parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, and Great Sand Dunes.
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Colorado, USA
Hike, bike, or ride at your leisure up through Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Colorado. For photographers, I recommend taking Trail Ridge Road for its vast opportunity to stop off and take pictures of beautiful views. The trip begins in the...
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E, 2150 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA
After a brief stay at Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park we drove back a crisp frigid Sunday morning in the first week of March to Denver to catch our flight. The sunrise through the mountains was too beautiful to pass up and we had to...
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1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
Garden of the Gods is a geologic wonderland on the west side of Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. It's easily accessed from I-25, the main highway that runs along Colorado’s Front Range and connects Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock,...
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Colorado, USA
About 35 miles northeast of Alamosa, Colorado, is the Great Sand Dunes NP. The tallest sand dunes in North America (Star Dune is the tallest at 750’) are landlocked and seem strangely out of place next to the 13,000’ Sangre de Cristo Mountains....
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Mesa Verde, CO, USA
For anyone who believes that truly historic architecture doesn’t exist in the states, Mesa Verde National Park will make you think again. Still standing in the park are cliff dwellings built in AD 600 by the ancestral Pueblo people who once...
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UT-149, Jensen, UT 84035, USA
This gorgeous, remote upper stretch of the Green River through high desert and massive fossil beds straddles the border between northwest Colorado and northeast Utah. The National Monument has six campgrounds total, three in each state, but the...
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Colorado, USA
This deep, steep canyon literally hides beneath the state's surface, though the main park entrance is just 12 miles east of Montrose, Colorado. For two million years, the Gunnison River has been working at the earth here, resulting in a "vertical...
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Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521, USA
Colorado National Monument is one of those places that many of us drive by a hundred times (it's right between Denver and Moab, Utah) before finally entering the protected area and discovering the extent of this national treasure—that is so easily...