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List of protected areas of Colorado

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of protected areas of the U.S. state of Colorado.

Federal lands

The United States federal government owns 36.23% of Colorado's total land area.

National Park System

The National Park System includes 22 areas in Colorado. The National Park Service manages 18 of these 22 areas plus five National Wildernesses.

National Parks

The four National Parks within Colorado are:

National Monuments

Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument.

The eight National Monuments in Colorado are:

Two former National Monuments were reclassified due to their remoteness:

National Historic Sites

The three National Historic Sites within Colorado are:


National Recreation Areas

The two National Recreation Areas within Colorado are::

National Historic Trails

The four National Historic Trails that pass through Colorado are:

National Scenic Trail

The National Scenic Trail that passes through Colorado is:

National Forests

An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 11 National Forests in red and the 2 National Grasslands in light green
An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 11 National Forests in red and the 2 National Grasslands in light green

The United States Forest Service manages the 11 National Forests within Colorado.

National Grasslands

Picketwire Canyon in Comanche National Grassland.
Picketwire Canyon in Comanche National Grassland.

The United States Forest Service manages the two National Grasslands within Colorado.

National Wildernesses

An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 42 National Wildernesses in red
An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 42 National Wildernesses in red
Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Mystic Island Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
Mystic Island Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness.

There are 44 National Wildernesses within Colorado. The United States Forest Service manages 34, the National Park Service manages four, the Bureau of Land Management manages three, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management jointly manage two, and the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service jointly manage one National Wilderness.

National Conservation Areas

The Bureau of Land Management manages the three National Conservation Areas within Colorado.

National Wildlife Refuges

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service manages the eight National Wildlife Refuges within Colorado.

Federally designated areas

The following areas are designated by the National Park Service, but reside on a variety of federal, state, county, city, town, and private lands.

National Heritage Areas

The three National Heritage Areas in Colorado are:

National Historic Landmarks

The Colorado Chautauqua Auditorum.
The Colorado Chautauqua Auditorum.
The Tabor Grand Hotel in the Leadville Historic District.
The Tabor Grand Hotel in the Leadville Historic District.

The 26 National Historic Landmarks in Colorado are:

National Natural Landmarks

The 16 National Natural Landmarks in Colorado are:

National Recreation Trails

The 28 federally designated National Recreation Trails in Colorado are:

National Register of Historic Places

There are more than 1,500 Colorado sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wild and Scenic River

The Wild and Scenic River in Colorado is:

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

The Bureau of Land Management has designated 88 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in western Colorado.

State lands

Colorado State Parks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the 43 Colorado State Parks.

Colorado Wildlife Areas

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the 307 Colorado State Wildlife Areas.

State designated areas

Colorado Natural Areas

Dinosaur tracks in the Dakota Hogback Natural Area.
Dinosaur tracks in the Dakota Hogback Natural Area.
The Mount Goliath Natural Area.
The Mount Goliath Natural Area.

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has designated 93 Colorado Natural Areas.

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways

The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission has designated 26 Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways:

Regional trails

The following transcontinental hiking trail was established by the American Discovery Trail Society.

The following hiking trail across the Southern Rocky Mountains is maintained by the Colorado Trail Foundation.

The following three single-track mountain bike trails are maintained by the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association and the Bureau of Land Management.

Bicycle routes

The following four bicycle touring routes through Colorado are regularly scouted by the Adventure Cycling Association.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Jointly managed by the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service.
  2. ^ a b c Managed by the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi Managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service.
  4. ^ Dinosaur National Monument extends into the State of Utah.
  5. ^ Hovenweep National Monument extends into the State of Utah.
  6. ^ The California National Historic Trail traverses ten U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and California.
  7. ^ The Old Spanish National Historic Trail traverses six U.S. states: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
  8. ^ The Pony Express National Historic Trail traverses eight U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.
  9. ^ The Santa Fe National Historic Trail traverses five U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
  10. ^ The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses five U.S. states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Managed by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
  12. ^ Jointly managed by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Forest Service.
  13. ^ Managed by the United States Air Force.
  14. ^ a b c d Managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  15. ^ Managed by the Jefferson County Open Space Program.
  16. ^ Managed by the City of Westminster, Colorado.
  17. ^ a b Managed by Colorado State Parks.
  18. ^ Managed by Lake County, Colorado.
  19. ^ Managed by the Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc.
  20. ^ a b Managed by the United States Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  21. ^ Managed by the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department.
  22. ^ Jointly managed by the United States Forest Service and the Denver Botanic Gardens.
  23. ^ The Alpine Loop Back Country Byway has 63 miles (101 km) of roadway.
  24. ^ The Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway has 101 miles (163 km) of roadway.
  25. ^ The Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway has 57 miles (92 km) of roadway.
  26. ^ The Colorado River Headwaters National Scenic Byway has 80 miles (129 km) of roadway.
  27. ^ The Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway has 134 miles (216 km) of Colorado roadway[1] and the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway has 328 miles (528 km) of Utah roadway.[2]
  28. ^ The Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway has 82 miles (132 km) of roadway.
  29. ^ The Frontier Pathways National Scenic Byway has 103 miles (166 km) of roadway.
  30. ^ The Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway has 131 miles (211 km) of roadway.
  31. ^ The Grand Mesa National Scenic Byway has 63 miles (101 km) of roadway.
  32. ^ The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway has 22 miles (35 km) of roadway.
  33. ^ The Highway of Legends National Scenic Byway has 82 miles (132 km) of roadway.
  34. ^ The Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has 40 miles (64 km) of roadway.
  35. ^ The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway has 129 miles (208 km) of roadway.
  36. ^ The Mount Evans Scenic Byway has 49 miles (79 km) of roadway.
  37. ^ The Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic Byway has 128 miles (206 km) of roadway.
  38. ^ The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway has 55 miles (89 km) of roadway.
  39. ^ The San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway has 236 miles (380 km) of roadway.
  40. ^ The Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway has 188 miles (303 km) of Colorado roadway[3] and the Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway has 381 miles (613 km) of New Mexico roadway.[4]
  41. ^ The Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway has 117 miles (188 km) of roadway.
  42. ^ The South Platte River Trail Scenic and Historic Byway has 19 miles (31 km) of roadway.
  43. ^ The Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway has 115 miles (185 km) of roadway.
  44. ^ The Tracks Across Borders Scenic and Historic Byway has 89 miles (143 km) of Colorado roadway[5] and the Narrow-Gauge Scenic Byway has 9.9 miles (16 km) of New Mexico roadway.[6]
  45. ^ The Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway has 116 miles (187 km) of Colorado roadway,[7] the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway has 366 miles (589 km) of Utah roadway,[8] the Kayenta-Monument Valley Scenic Road has 26 miles (42 km) of Arizona roadway,[9] the Dine' Tah "Among the People" Scenic Road has 100.3 miles (161 km) of Arizona roadway,[10] and the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway has 662.4 miles (1,066 km) of New Mexico roadway.[11]
  46. ^ The Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway has 48 miles (77 km) of roadway.
  47. ^ The Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway has 133 miles (214 km) of roadway.
  48. ^ The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has 205 miles (330 km) of roadway.


  1. ^ "Dinosaur Diamond". Colorado Department of Transportation. 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  2. ^ "Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway - Utah". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  3. ^ "Santa Fe Trail". Colorado Department of Transportation. 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  4. ^ "Santa Fe Trail - New Mexico". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  5. ^ "Tracks Across Borders". Colorado Department of Transportation. 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "Narrow-Gauge Scenic Byway". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  7. ^ "Trail of The Ancients". Colorado Department of Transportation. 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Trail of the Ancients - Utah". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  9. ^ "Kayenta-Monument Valley Scenic Road". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Dine' Tah "Among the People" Scenic Road". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "Trail of the Ancients - NM". America's Scenic Byways. Retrieved March 28, 2022.

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