List of federal lands in Colorado

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Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument

This is a list of federal lands in the U.S. State of Colorado . The United States federal government owns 36.23% of Colorado's total land area.

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National Park System

The National Park System includes 21 areas in Colorado. The National Park Service manages 17 of these 21 areas.

National Parks

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The Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park

The four National Parks within Colorado are:

National Monuments

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Steamboat Rock in Dinosaur National Monument.

The eight National Monuments in Colorado are:

National Historic Sites

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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

The two National Historic Sites within Colorado are:

National Recreation Areas

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The Dillon Pinnacles in Curecanti National Recreation Area.

The two National Recreation Areas within Colorado are::

National Historic Trails

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Spanish Peaks as seen from the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

The four National Historic Trails that pass through Colorado are:

National Scenic Trail

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Grays Peak is the highest point on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Continental Divide in North America.

The National Scenic Trail that passes through Colorado is:

National Forests

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An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 11 National Forests in red and the 2 National Grasslands in light green
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Mount Elbert in the San Isabel National Forest.

The United States Forest Service manages the 11 National Forests within Colorado.

National Grasslands

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Picketwire Canyon in Comanche National Grassland.

The United States Forest Service manages the two National Grasslands within Colorado.

National Wildernesses

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An enlargeable map of Colorado showing the 42 National Wildernesses in red
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East Rim Arch in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.
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Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
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Mystic Island Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
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The Lost Creek Wilderness.

There are 44 National Wildernesses within Colorado. The United States Forest Service manages 34, the National Park Service manages four, the Bureau of Land Management manages three, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management jointly manage two, and the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service jointly manage one National Wilderness.

National Conservation Areas

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The Dominguez–Escalante NCA.

The Bureau of Land Management manages the three National Conservation Areas within Colorado.

National Wildlife Refuges

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The Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service manages the eight National Wildlife Refuges within Colorado.

Military installations

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Peterson Space Force Base.

The major military installations in Colorado include:

Native American reservations

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Ute Mountain on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.

The two Native American reservations remaining in Colorado are:

Other federal lands

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An enlargeable map of Colorado showing land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in yellow .

The Bureau of Land Management manages the extensive federal land holdings in western Colorado not managed by another federal agency.

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

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The Blanca Wetlands ACEC.

The Bureau of Land Management has designated 88 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in western Colorado.

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Jointly managed by the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service.
  2. 1 2 3 Managed by the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Forest Service.
  4. Dinosaur National Monument extends into the State of Utah.
  5. Hovenweep National Monument extends into the State of Utah.
  6. The California National Historic Trail traverses ten U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and California.
  7. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail traverses six U.S. states: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
  8. The Pony Express National Historic Trail traverses eight U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.
  9. The Santa Fe National Historic Trail traverses five U.S. states: Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
  10. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses five U.S. states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
  11. 1 2 3 4 Managed by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
  12. Jointly managed by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Forest Service.

Coordinates: 38°59′50″N105°32′52″W / 38.9972°N 105.5478°W / 38.9972; -105.5478 (State of Colorado)

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