1. Relive Ancient History
The past is present at these archeological marvels.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores
Stop by the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum to get the lowdown on what to see among more than 6,000 archeological sites representing native cultures.
2. Delve into the Dark Side
Low light pollution and high altitudes facilitate dreamy locales for stargazing.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose
Planet walks, night photography workshops and programs featuring local astronomers and sky rangers highlight the Black Canyon Astronomy Festival (June 16–19, 2020).
3. See Colorado's Famous Creatures
From grasslands to alpine tundra, varied landscapes support our wild inhabitants.
Pawnee National Grassland near Raymer
A tour of the area rewards onlookers with sights of Front Range flyers like red-tailed hawks, mountain plovers and burrowing owls.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City
More than 330 species of wildlife occupy this urban oasis, where you can spy on bald eagles, painted turtles, bison, white pelicans and deer.
4. Do Something Epic
Once-in-a-lifetime to-dos abound on Colorado’s public lands.
Bike the Kokopelli Trail near Fruita
Padded by gorgeous desert landscapes, this doozy of a trail in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area offers avid two-wheelers a taste of Fruita’s mountain-biking nirvana.
Stroll a Petrified Forest near Cripple Creek
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument holds some of the largest petrified sequoias in the world. Inspect them up close on the Petrified Forest or the Walk Through Time trails.
Meet Our Newest National Monument: 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Browns Canyon
1. It’s not just a summer destination. From whitewater rafting, fishing and rock climbing to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Browns Canyon boasts four seasons of fun.
3. You can see forever (well, pretty close) from the top. With elevations ranging from 7,300 to 10,000 feet, Browns Canyon offers jaw-dropping views of the Arkansas River Valley and Sawatch Range.
4. It’s alive. The monument teems with wildlife, including brown and rainbow trout, bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, coyote, red fox and American pine martens.
Photo Credits: NPS/JacobWFrank, NPS/Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, NPS/Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, BLM/Bob Wick.