Part of the Western United States, the Southwestern United States, and the Mountain States, the state of Colorado is known for its diverse terrain and scenic landscapes. Famed for its wondrous parks, historic sites, and scenic attractions, explore more of the so-called “Centennial State” as you travel with your gfe escort.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Located in the western region of Colorado, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is home to the deepest and most dramatic section of the 48-mile long Black Canyon. Named after the event by which the gorge receives only 33 minutes of sunlight a day, the area is also known as t the 5th steepest mountain descent in North America and features attractions such as the scenic drive along US Highway 50 and Colorado Highway 92, the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Lake Fork Campground, Pine Creek, and the Blue Mesa Point Information Center.
Pike National Forest
Covering more than 1,100,000 acres of lush land, the Pike National Forest lies in the Front Range of Colorado and is known as the home of the scenic Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Named after the American explorer Zebulon Pike, the national forest was established in 1892 and includes parts of Colorado’s Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties. Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the national forest is notable for its 14,115-foot high Pikes Peak that offers panoramic views of the surrounding regions.
Mesa Verde National Park
Established in 1906, the Mesa Verde National Park was created by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in order to protect and preserve some of the Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites found in the region. Encompassin over 52,000 acres of Montezuma County, the national park is known for its historic preserves sites such as the Cliff Palace, the Balcony House, the Long House, and the Mug, Oak Tree, Spruce Tree, and Square Tower houses.