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Directory of Colorado's National Parks

The National Parks
of Colorado

Families vacationing in Colorado can visit four major National Parks. 

Each park has its own personality and attractions. All provide an unmatched opportunity for families to enjoy Colorado at its best. 

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The Family Guide to Colorado's National Parks and Monuments

Pull off at a scenic overlook to survey all of Colorado's national parks and monuments and you'll see a crazy quilt of places. What with windblown prairie historic sites, rugged mountain playgrounds, and deep canyons hiding mysterious cultures, the National Park Service manages a huge variety of national treasures in this state.

In Colorado, the National Park Service operates four National Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Mesa  Verde National Park.

Each has its own personality, and to give your family enough time to throrughly understand and enjoy each park, plan to spend several days there.

Rocky Mountain National Park regularly wows visitors with its massive mountain views. A hiker's paradise, Rocky's trails range from easy lakeside strolls to lofty Longs Peak, toping out at 14,259 feet above sea level.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is known as a Mecca for rock climbers from around the world. Yet visiting families can still find great trails and an unbeatable geology lesson.

Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in the early summer and bring your swimsuit and sand pail. Tucked beneath the soaring peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, this is North America's biggest sand box.

Tour the homes of ancient Puebloan spirits at Mesa Verde National Park. A World Heritage Site, this area protects and showcases the architectural feats and prehistoric culture of some of Colorado's first citizens.

Certain parts of this web page have been excerpted from The Family Guide to Colorado's National Parks and Monuments, (c) Carolyn Sutton 2006, all rights reserved.

Please DO NOT COPY this web page or any part of it. Book copies are available from Westcliffe Publishers and

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