National Parks of Colorado

There is currently thirteen National Park Service Site in Colorado and four associated sites.

Official National Parks of Colorado

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  • Yucca House National Monument

Associated sites of Colorado

  • California National Historic Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail
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California National Parks

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Preserve

Hovenweep National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Yucca House National Monument

California National Historic Trail

The California National Historic Trail is a massive 5,000 mile trail and runs thru 10 different states.  This trail retraces the overland routes over 250,000 emigrants took to reach the fertile farmlands and famed gold fields of California in the 1840’s and 1850’s.

Unlike some of the other trails of the National Trails System, the California Trail isn’t a single hiking trail. It is a disconnected series of hiking trails, roads, and sites.  Many of the US highways follow the wagon trail the settlers created as they rushed to California.  Emigrants had a choice of routes across the United States.  These trails start in Missouri and Nebraska. The then run thru Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming before splitting into Idaho and Utah.  They go thru Nevada and into California and Oregon.

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Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Pony Express National Historic Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

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