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Browns Canyon National Monument

Added by yongli on 03/11/2016 - 11:06, last changed on 09/08/2016 - 18:41
On February 19, 2015, President Obama designated 21,586 acres of scenic canyons, rivers, and backcountry forest in Chaffee County , Colorado, as the Browns Canyon National Monument. Browns Canyon is the eighth national monument designation within the state of Colorado. It provides visitors with...

Calhan Paint Mines

Added by yongli on 05/17/2017 - 15:46, last changed on 05/23/2017 - 16:46
Located near Calhan , about thirty-five miles northeast of Colorado Springs , the Calhan Paint Mines are an area of clay deposits that have seen extensive prehistoric habitation and historic quarrying of the clay for pottery and bricks. In the 1990s, archaeological fieldwork at the site revealed...

Cheesman Park

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 15:45, last changed on 05/22/2017 - 17:04
One of the jewels of Denver’s park and parkway system , Cheesman Park (1601 Race St, Denver, CO 80206) sits on land that originally served as the city’s first cemetery. In 1890 the cemetery was closed, many—but not all—graves were relocated, and a park designed by Denver’s first landscape architect...

Chimney Rock

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 16:41, last changed on 05/22/2017 - 15:57
Located in the southwest corner of Colorado just north of the New Mexico border, the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in Archuleta County is home to hundreds of archaeological sites. One of these sites, the Chimney Rock Pueblo, is known for its dramatic setting high atop Stollsteimer Mesa, which is...

City Park

Added by yongli on 08/29/2016 - 14:34, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 09:33
Established in 1882, City Park is Denver’s largest urban park, occupying nearly 320 acres between East Seventeenth and East Twenty-Third Avenues from York Street to Colorado Boulevard. Designed primarily by civil engineers Henry Meryweather and Walter Graves in the 1880s and by Reinhard Schuetze in...

Civic Center

Added by yongli on 10/10/2016 - 11:50, last changed on 05/12/2017 - 09:59
Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Civic Center is a complex of parks, civic buildings, and cultural institutions stretching between the State Capitol and the City and County Building in the heart of Denver . Plans for the complex, which was developed in stages from the 1890s to the 1930s...

Colorado National Monument

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:17, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
On May 24, 1911, President William Howard Taft established Colorado National Monument in Mesa County , near Grand Junction . Today the monument, one of eight in Colorado, encompasses more than 20,000 acres of sandstone cliffs and monoliths, scenic canyons, and sparse vegetation. The area draws...

Denver Mountain Parks

Added by yongli on 03/01/2016 - 15:24, last changed on 04/14/2017 - 16:10
The Denver Mountain Park system consists of forty-six public parks that are home to some of the most popular mountain destinations near Denver , including Red Rocks , William “Buffalo Bill” Cody ’s Grave, Evergreen Lake, Lookout Mountain , and Echo Lake . This distinctive system of parks,...

Dinosaur National Monument

Added by yongli on 10/22/2015 - 12:22, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 10:26
Located southeast of the Uinta Mountains at the confluence of the Yampa and Green Rivers on the Utah-Colorado border, Dinosaur National Monument is a federally protected area where the dinosaur fossil remains can be found. The monument is one of the few places where such fossils can still be...

Echo Park Dam Controversy

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 13:18, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 10:26
The controversy over the proposed Echo Park dam in the mid-1950s was a crucial episode in the conservation history of Colorado and the West and proved to be a milestone in American environmental history. Following years of debate, the US Congress decided not to authorize the dam, signifying the...

Elk Culling

Added by yongli on 05/10/2016 - 10:56, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
Culling is a wildlife management practice involving the lethal reduction of a species. It has historically been used as a means to control ungulate (hoofed animal) populations in Colorado and throughout the United States. As recently as 2009, it has been used in combination with other population...

Genesee Park

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 15:49, last changed on 05/19/2017 - 15:49
Genesee Park is a Denver Mountain Park that stretches from Clear Creek Canyon to Genesee Mountain in the Rocky Mountain foothills about five miles southwest of Golden . In addition to the 8,424-foot summit of Genesee Mountain, attractions at the 2,413-acre park include Beaver Brook Trail and the...

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Added by yongli on 03/31/2017 - 16:17, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:24
The Great Sand Dunes sprawl along the eastern fringes of the vast San Luis Valley of south central Colorado, covering an area of nearly thirty square miles. They are the tallest aeolian (wind-produced) dunes in North America, heaping mounds of sand that tower more than 700 feet above the valley...

Gustaf Nordenskiöld and the Mesa Verde Region

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 09:34, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
In 1891 the young Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1868–95) arrived in Colorado, seeking both a cure for his tuberculosis and a look at the wonders of the West. His experiences over the next two years set in motion a series of events that would ultimately lead to the passage of the first...

Jesse Nusbaum

Added by yongli on 04/27/2017 - 12:35, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Jesse Nusbaum (1887–1975) was an early National Park Service (NPS) employee, historian, archaeologist, restoration specialist, and author active in Colorado and New Mexico in the early 1900s. As superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park , he imbued the fledgling National Park Service with a new...

Julie Penrose

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 12:35, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
Julie Villiers Lewis McMillan Penrose (1870–1956) was one of the primary benefactors of Colorado Springs institutions in the interwar years. Her husband, multimillionaire Spencer (“Speck”) Penrose , profited from Cripple Creek gold and Utah copper in the early twentieth century. He used his wealth...

Ken-Caryl South Valley Archaeological District

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 15:59, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 12:35
Located just north of Deer Creek in the valley between the hogback ridge and the foothills west of Denver, the Ken-Caryl South Valley Archaeological District contains rock shelters that were used by prehistoric peoples from at least the Late Paleo-Indian period (before 6000 BCE) through the Early...

La Junta City Park

Added by yongli on 11/10/2015 - 11:04, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 14:09
La Junta City Park is a prime example of a New Deal project on Colorado’s eastern plains. As a result of work carried out between 1933 and 1941, a poorly drained park became the city’s primary outdoor recreation space, complete with stone walls, benches, and buildings; a new lake; picnic shelters;...

Manitou Experimental Forest Station

Added by yongli on 03/16/2016 - 13:36, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 13:36
Located about seven miles north of Woodland Park , the Manitou Experimental Forest Station was established in 1936 for the US Forest Service to study resource management in ponderosa pine lands. Along with the Fraser Experimental Forest , it is one of two experimental forests in Colorado. The...

Mesa Verde National Park

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 11:50, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 06:19
Mesa Verde National Park is the largest of the National Park Service parcels protecting cultural resources in Colorado, with nearly 5,000 documented sites, including about 600 cliff dwellings. A majority of the sites are associated with Ancestral Pueblo cultures and date to different time periods,...

Monument Valley Park

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 13:04, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Monument Valley Park is a roughly two-mile linear park along Monument Creek in the heart of Colorado Springs . Developed and donated to the city by William Jackson Palmer , the 165-acre park opened in 1907 and has been one of the city’s most popular recreation sites for more than a century. The...

Mount Vernon

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 14:00, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
The town of Mount Vernon was established in 1859 at the base of Mount Vernon Canyon, west of Denver . The town is best known as the home of Robert W. Steele , who made it the de facto capital of the unofficial Territory of Jefferson while he was governor in 1859–61. Today two early stone houses...

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 11:13, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:37
Located just west of Denver near the town of Morrison , Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre combines awe-inspiring natural scenery with natural acoustic splendor. The 868-acre park stands 6,450 feet above sea level between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The park’s amphitheater opened to the...

Rim Rock Drive

Added by yongli on 12/02/2015 - 10:59, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
Built primarily by New Deal work programs in the 1930s, Rim Rock Drive is a twenty-three-mile scenic road through Colorado National Monument . Connecting Fruita and Grand Junction, the road increased tourism to the monument by allowing travelers to drive through and continue on their journey. The...

Rocky Mountain National Park

Added by yongli on 10/21/2015 - 16:12, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 09:23
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) has for a century been one of the country’s most visited national parks. Mountain vistas and wilderness solitude draw millions of people every year. The park lies between elevations of 7,000 and 14,259 feet, harboring plant communities ranging from grassland to...

Roxborough State Park Archaeological District

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 13:17, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 16:48
The Roxborough State Park Archaeological District contains one historic homestead and a variety of prehistoric rockshelters and campsites dating back to at least the Early Archaic period (5500–3000 BCE). It is located at the southern end of the valley between the hogback ridge and the foothills,...

Seventeen Mile House

Added by yongli on 03/16/2016 - 14:19, last changed on 12/05/2016 - 14:30
Named for its location seventeen miles from the intersection of Broadway and Colfax Avenue in Denver , Seventeen Mile House operated in the 1860s and 1870s as a tavern and inn along the southern branch of the Smoky Hill Trail . After the arrival of the railroad ended stage travel along the route,...

State Animal

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Added by Greg Vogl on 08/14/2014 - 08:22, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis , was adopted as the official state animal on May 1, 1961 by an act of the General Assembly. The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is found only in the Rockies, usually above timberline in rugged mountainous areas. The male sheep is three to three and a...

Summit Lake

Added by yongli on 08/24/2016 - 14:12, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:28
Located at an elevation of 12,830 feet on Mt. Evans , Summit Lake is a forty-acre alpine lake known for its scenic beauty and unique ecosystem. Acquired by Denver in 1924 as part of the city’s system of mountain parks , it is the highest Denver park as well as the highest city park in North America...

Washington Park

Added by yongli on 10/28/2016 - 10:23, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Developed in the 1890s and early 1900s, Washington Park is a scenic recreational area occupying about 160 acres southeast of downtown Denver . Designed around a portion of City Ditch by landscape architects Reinhard Schuetze and Saco DeBoer , the park features two lakes and a large meadow and has a...

Yucca House National Monument

Added by yongli on 05/02/2016 - 15:29, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
Yucca House National Monument was established to protect and preserve a large Ancestral Pueblo village south of Cortez in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Yucca House is an important Ancestral Pueblo village based on its size, unique configurations, and prominent, highly visible location in the...
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