Welcome to the National Parks Camping Guide. Here we will discuss not only the National Parks in Colorado but all the areas that are run by the National Parks System (NPS). There are numerous areas in Colorado that are run by the NPS, including National Monuments and National Recreation Areas. First we will talk about the the areas in which camping is allowed. Later we will let you know what else is available for that one day family fun. Don't forget to grab a National Parks passport to keep track of the parks you visit.
Mission Statement of the National Park Service:
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the NPS. The “Organic Act” states that the fundamental purpose of the NPS “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Covering over 84 million acres, there are 124 historical parks or sites, 75 monuments, 58 national parks, 25 battlefields or military parks, 18 preserves, 18 recreation areas, 10 seashores, 4 parkways, 4 lakeshores, and 2 reserves that are all part of the National Park System. Of all this Yellowstone National Park was the world's fist national park and was established by Congress on March 1, 1872.
Make sure to stop by and check out our National Parks List for all the National Parks in the US.
Colorado National Parks
Dinosaur National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Other Areas Operated By The NPS
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Californial National Historic Trail
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Yucca House National Monument