National Parks

Experience some American beauty in Colorado and Utah's national parks

When you come to Colorado, you'll be able to see some of America's real national treasures - our national parks. With so many to choose from all within driving distance (and one just outside our doors!), it'll be hard to visit just one! From Unaweep Canyon, also known as our backyard, to Arches National Park and all the way down to the Four Corners, you'll have a world of choice in front of you.

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests

These three forests, located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies, have a combine area coverage of 3,161,900 acres. They comprise some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Colorado.

The Forests vary in elevation from 5,800 feet above sea level in Roubideau Creek Canyon to 14,309 feet on Uncompahgre Peak. In these Forests, you'll find the incomparably beautiful Bridal Veil Falls, the Grand Mesa with its more than 300 lakes, and the Alpine Tunnel.

Drive time from Gateway: 1.5 hours

Arches National Park

If you have dreamt of seeing the "red rock wonderland" in Utah, now is the time to go! With unique formations of the rocks as the backdrop, you'll get to hike through some of the most impressive natural scenery available!

With over 2,000 rock formations, you're sure to see something new in Arches National Park every time. Also, if you stay for a sunset, you won't be disappointed.

Drive time from Gateway: 2.5 hours

Canyonlands National Park

Discover the canyons between the buttes that give this park its name. The canyons are impressive, but you should see the buttes! There are four sections to the part, divided by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The four sections are: Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the actual river and tributaries.

Experience nature in one of her most primitive states when you visit Canyonlands National Park. It's a unique adventure that most people will never experience.

Drive time from Gateway: 2.5 hours

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is dedicated to preserving the history of the Pueblo peoples who lived here for more than 700 hundred years. Here, you can visit not just a national park, but a living piece of history as well.

You'll be able to see into the cliff dwellings and more than 5,000 archeological sites around the park. And during 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, you'll be able to take special back country tours of Mesa Verde National Park.

Drive time from Gateway: 3.5 hours

Four Corners Monument

Step into the Navajo Nation and experience one of the more interesting points in American lore – the four corners. It's the point where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona all touch in perfect angles.

Here, you'll also be able to experience Navajo culture, with vendors offering insight into what they're crafting.

Drive time from Gateway: 3.5 hours

Unaweep Canyon

The Unaweep Canyon is unique for its two creeks: East Creek and West Creek. Flowing out of opposite ends of the Canyon, they are separated by the Unaweep Divide. The Canyon itself cuts across the Uncomphgre Plateau, near the resort.

What makes the Unaweep Canyon truly unique is that no one can decide how it came into existence. Whether it was created by the ancestral Colorado or Gunnison Rivers or by a Paleolithic shifting of rocks is still debated.

Drive time from Gateway: 15 minutes