Arapaho National Recreation Area

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Arapaho National Recreation Area
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Green Ridge Campground in Arapaho NRA
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Location Grand County, Colorado, United States
Nearest city Granby, Colorado
Coordinates 40°08′38″N105°48′50″W / 40.144°N 105.814°W / 40.144; -105.814 [1] [2] Coordinates: 40°08′38″N105°48′50″W / 40.144°N 105.814°W / 40.144; -105.814 [3] [4]
Area30,690 acres (124.2 km²)
Governing body United States Forest Service
Website Arapaho National Recreation Area

The Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) is a United States National Recreation Area that is located near the headwaters of the Colorado River in north central Colorado adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. ANRA is under the jurisdiction of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. ANRA contains five lakes in the upper Colorado River Valley:

A sixth lake, Grand Lake, borders the recreation area on the north. Grand Lake is the largest natural lake in Colorado. Collectively, these six lakes are known as "The Great Lakes of Colorado".

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through the recreation area.

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Index of Colorado-related articles Wikipedia list article

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Shadow Mountain Lake

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  1. "Arapaho National Recreation Area (Usfs)". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24.
  2. "Arapaho National Recreation Area". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved August 8, 2012.
  3. "Arapaho National Recreation Area (Usfs)". Archived from the original on 2011-11-24.
  4. "Arapaho National Recreation Area". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved August 8, 2012.