Explore your public lands in Colorado.
Our map features recreation sites on public lands throughout the state across public land management agencies. Find your next hike or camping destination, decide where to fish, climb, hunt, make the most of the snow, enjoy the water, or plan a roadside picnic along a scenic drive out west.
Colorado contains a microcosm of almost all that is astounding about the West. Endless stretches of plains rise up slowly to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, then down to arid mesas, redrock canyons, and narrow mountain valleys.
The Front Range, or eastern face, of the Rocky Mountains is what Colorado is justly known for. Visit once, and you'll rave about the ski areas with perfect snow and mind-boggling views, deer browsing in mountain meadows, or columbine growing by a glacier-fed creek. The Front Range is also the most populous, and recreational facilities tend to be highly developed and modern. The public lands of the western slope, on the other hand, offer an intriguing glimpse of the past. Fossils mark where dinosaurs roamed; ancient ruins and petroglyphs dot thecanyons and tablelands; and historic mining towns nestle in steep-sided valleys. The Plains have relatively little public lands, although the state manages a number of excellent wildlife viewing or hunting areas.
Take some time to explore the wonders of Colorado here. You will discover a wealth of detailed information about where to go and what to do while touring the public lands of this state.
In our Shop & Maps sections, you can purchase books, maps, and other educational items to make your virtual or real visit truly rewarding. To begin your journey, click on recreation site, use the filters above, or start searching.
For information on lodging, museums, tribal lands, and commercial attractions or services, contact the Colorado Department of Tourism. For information about hunting and fishing regulations and licensing information for Colorado, please contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
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