When you think of the state of Colorado, you probably think of the Rocky Mountains. While this is certainly this state's calling card, Colorado is more than just towering mountains. This is best exemplified by Colorado's national parks. If you want a more varied and accurate image of what Colorado is like, then here are a few examples of some of the best national parks you will find in Colorado.
Mesa Verde National Park. More like something you might find in New Mexico, this national park is home of the ancestral Puebloans and their world famous adobe homes. With guided tours you can visit these remarkable historic dwellings tucked against a valley wall. After that you can visit Moresfield village. Moresfield offers a full service restaurant, grocery store, and gift shop. In addition, you will find more modern campsites which include RV hook ups, dumping stations, coin operated laundry facilities, and complementary showers.
Great Sand Duns National Park. With the northernmost sand dunes, this 1,500 acre national park boasts of 750 feet high sand dunes. Try your hand at skiing down one of these dunes much in the same way you would ski or snow board down a snow covered mountain. You can also enjoy the various four wheel driving trails. If you simply want to take in the raw and natural beauty of this national park, you can do that as well.
Rocky Mountain National Park. This national park may have little to offer in amenities but it more than makes up for it in natural beauty. With its huge mountains as well as scenic forests, gorges, and hidden lakes and rivers, this national park has much to offer. If you're in the mood, hop in the car and take the scenic route and head up Trail Ridge Road. This is the world’s tallest continually paved reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet.
Black Canyon at Gunnsion National Park. This national park features dramatic 2,700 foot drops into dark gorges which make up the black canyons. Not only is this national park home to the dramatic black canyons, it is also home to a railroad museum commemorating the Denver to Rio Grande railway system that was so important back in the pioneer days.
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