Colorado National Parks

Colorado National Parks:

Mesa Verde National Park is located in the four corners region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Ancestral Pueblo people lived in Mesa Verde for 700 years between AD 550 to 1200’s. They built elaborate communities in sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls.

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Mesa Verde National Park, CO: Balcony House
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO: Kiva
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO: Rock Art

Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado. Here you will find high mountain peaks, sparkling streams, forceful winds, and billions grains of sand. These dunes are the tallest in North America and lots of fun too!

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
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Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rocky Mountains form one of the world’s longest ranges, stretching almost from Alaska to below the nation’s southern border.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO: Emerald Lake
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO: Moose
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an awesome gorge with sheer walls plunging to the roaring river below. The river drops 480 feet in a two-mile stretch. The greatest depth is 2,722 feet. The narrowest width at the river is 40 feet. The total length of the canyon is 48 miles.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO: Painted Rock
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

Uncompahgre River

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Umcompahgre River
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Umcompahgre River: Beaver

Cortez, CO Campsite

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Cortez, CO: Painting Easter Eggs

Howdy Pilgrim

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John Wayne
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Ouray, CO: Audrey wearing John Wayne’s cowboy hat, pilgrim!

Curecanti National Recreation Area contains three reservoirs; Blue Mesa (Colorado’s largest body of water and the nation’s largest kokanee salmon fishery), Morrow Point (generates most of the power) and Crystal (maintains an even flow through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison).

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Curecanti National Recreation Area, CO

2 thoughts on “Colorado National Parks

  1. Colorado is where I grew up so these photos bring back lots of memories of family vacations to these places. I hadn’t checked you blog recently but looks like so much fun and headed back towards home. Enjoy the last leg of your incredible journey!

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