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Must-See State Parks in Colorado

Colorado features some of the most interesting scenery from Rocky Mountains to trees to desert land to rivers and tons of native wildlife. During any time of the year if you look off in the distance you can see the beautiful snow-capped peaks. Colorado’s natural beauty puts it into a category of its own.

Colorado has often been known as the land of national and state parks. There are 42 state parks and four national parks. Check out our guide to some of the best parks in the state of Colorado.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park is the staple for parks in Colorado. It features astounding views of majestic mountains, trees and lakes. There is such a variety of landscape in Rocky Mountain National Park from wooded forests to mountain tundra to mountain lakes. The park has a total of five visitor centers, which lead the way to dozens of enchanting trails for hiking. The park is also surrounded by three national forests. Some of the wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park can be seen simply if you’re driving on the roads, so look out for marmots, pikas, elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions, mule deer and moose. Fall is mating season for the elk, and it has become somewhat of a tourist attraction.
  • Estes Park is the closest resort town to Rocky Mountain National Park. Located along the Thompson River, Estes Park is a popular summer resort city, featuring hiking, biking, camping and of course, close access to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The area provides a beautiful setting set among natural beauty, wildlife and stunning Alpine Views.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park is another popular park destination in Colorado. This gives credence to the fact that Colorado is about as diverse of a land as it gets. This area features the tallest sand dunes in North America, some of which are 750 feet tall. The climate is considered a high desert, whereas a lot of the rest of the state are mountains and forest. It gets very warm here over the summer months. The easiest way to get to Great Sand Dunes National Park is from Mosca.
  • Eleven Mile State Park is a fantastic destination if you are into fishing and wildlife. In between Breckenridge and Colorado Springs, Eleven Mile State Park is filled with wetlands and grasslands at the end of the South Platte River where there is a 3,400-acre reservoir. This area is home to an annual ice fishing competition in Lake George.
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park is a panoramic photo waiting to happen. It is a perfect destination for rock climbing enthusiasts as well as mountain bikers. Enjoy a picnic at Eldorado Canyon State Park or fish in South Boulder Creek. In the wintertime this area is well known for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is easy to get here from Estes Park.
  • Red Rock Amphitheater is one of the most unique places to catch a concert.  Set in Morrison, Colorado, about 10 miles west of Denver, this large rock structure provides great acoustics to see your favorite musician, which has hosted shows from artists like country superstar Kenny Chesney, folk band Mumford & Sons, and rock band Depeche Mode.

ResorTime has dozens of locations in beautiful mountainous Colorado. Book your Colorado vacation rental today by giving us a call at (877) 477-7368.

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