THE GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES
Places to Visit
Rocky Mountain National Park consists of 415 square miles that span alpine woods, arctic-like peaks, valleys, rivers, and more! Within the park, there are over 300 miles of trails to hike. The park sits between Estes Park and Grand Lake in northern Colorado. The park boundaries were established in 1915 when The Rocky Mountain National Park Act was Signed.
In Montezuma County, Colorado, you can find Mesa Verde National Park. This park was created in 1906 to conserve the Ancestors of Pueblo’s culture. Mesa Verde has over 600 cliff dwellings you can visit. The Ancestral people of Pueblo lived where the park resides for over 700 years.
Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in western Colorado. The canyon received its name because some parts of the canyon only see 33 minutes of sunlight in a day. This destination is known for some of North America’s steepest and most narrow walls of a canyon. We can thank the Gunnison Uplift for this wonderous place which happened 30 million years ago.
In southern Colorado, you can find the Great Sand Dunes National Park. There are no reservations required for this park. The wind of the San Luis Valley is what made these wonders possible. The Great Sand Dunes have been forming for eons. You will find some dunes as tall as 750 feet. The park was established in 1932.