Peaks to Prairies - Tracks to TrailsThe Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands cover nearly 3 million acres, between the prairies of western Kansas and some of Colorado's highest mountain peaks along the Continental Divide. This landscape showcases a variety of ecosystems rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife and recreation opportunities in three distinct social settings -  from highly social to solitude. People choose to live in nearby communities because of their love for the outdoors and their strong sense of attachment to the forests and grasslands. Their sense of commitment and volunteerism are the foundations for maintaining a quality, sustainable recreation program in the face of intense and growing urban demand.These sprawling forests and grasslands are an eight hour drive from boundary to boundary. The rolling prairies to the east are home to prairie chickens, wildflowers, paleontological resources and historical areas. The snow-capped Rockies to the west are a scenic backdrop to millions of residents and a draw to forest visitors. The forests are home to over half of Colorado's fourteeners with numerous alpine lakes, reservoirs and key rivers. Over 1 million acres of Wilderness, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Colorado Trail, and Santa Fe National Historic Trail are specially designated areas worth exploringNEW!! 2015 campground opening and closing dates! 





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Biking Boating Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Off Highway Vehicle Picnicking Wildlife Viewing Fire Lookouts/cabins Overnight Horse Camping


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Zion National Park, a place home to the Narrows, Canyon Overlook, Emerald Pools, a petrified forest, a desert swamp, springs and waterfalls, hanging gardens, wildflowers, wildlife and more!
Featured Wildlife
The bighorn sheep is the mammalian symbol of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado's official animal. Colorado is home to the largest population of the species anywhere. The animals are five to six feet long with a tail three to six inches in length.
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