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.

Sunset of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

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 at 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.