Roxborough State Park

Natural Landmarks

What started millions and millions of years ago underground, has slowly transformed Colorado into one of the most remarkable places. Read our natural landmarks blog or jump to waterfalls, archeological sites or manmade landmarks.

Colorado has fascinating caves located throughout the state. A few of them are open for public tours year round: Cave of the Winds, Glenwood Caverns and Rifle Falls.

National Natural Landmarks

There are thirteen national natural landmarks in Colorado. Twelve of them are located entirely within the state, while one of them, Sand Creek, partially extends into Wyoming. Many are open to the public, while some are on private lands and not accessible. See map.

Garden of the Gods

  • Address: 1805 N 30th (at Gateway Rd), Colorado Springs
  • Ownership: Municipal
  • About: Local city park with magnificent sandstones.

Garden Park Fossil Area​

  • Address: Fremont Co (near Canon City)
  • Ownership: Federal
  • About: Located on BLM lands, dinosaurs bones were discovered in the 1870s, 1880s and 1950s. The Cleveland Quarry as it’s known, permits primitive camping on site. Activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, scenic drives and wildlife viewing.

Hanging Lake

  • Address: Garfield Co (near Glenwood Springs)
  • Ownership: Federal
  • About: A unique example of a lake formed by travertine deposition. It’s also a great example of a hanging garden plant community. It’s located within the White River National Forest.

Indian Springs Trace Fossil

  • Address: Fremont Co (near Canon City)
  • Ownership: Private
  • About: 85 acre area includes trace fossils of animals who lived 450 million years ago.

Lost Creek Scenic Area

  • Address: Pike National Forest, Central Colorado
  • Ownership: Federal
  • About: Odd rock formations and underground stream channels caused from weathering along joint planes.

Morrison Fossil Area

  • Address: 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison
  • Ownership: County & Municipal
  • About: Located along Dinosaur Ridge near Green Mountain. A trail runs north to Golden. Sites show dinosaur and crocodile bones, plant fossils and geological features.

Raton Mesa

  • Address: Las Animas Co (near Trinidad)
  • Ownership: State & Private
  • About: A mesa preserved by a thick lava cap. It has resisted weathering and erosion.

Roxborough State Park

  • Address: 4751 E Roxborough Dr, Roxborough Park
  • Ownership: State
  • About: Similar tilted and faulted sandstones like Garden of the Gods.

Russel Lakes

  • Address: Sagauche Co (north of Monte Vista)
  • Ownership: Federal & Private
  • About: Most comprehensive bulrush marsh in the state. Supports flora, fauna and numerous birds, like waterfowl.

Sand Creek

  • Address: Larimer Co & Albany Co, WY
  • Ownership: Federal, State & Private
  • About: Located primarily within Wyoming, some of the landmark extends into Colorado. Contains some of the best examples of cross-bedded sandstone and topple blocks in North America.

Slumgullion Earthflow

  • Address: Hinsadle Co (near Lake City)
  • Ownership: Federal, Private
  • About: Excellent example of mass wasting.

Spanish Peaks

  • Address: Huerfano Co & Las Animas Co (near Trinidad)
  • Ownership: Federal & Private
  • About: Located in the San Isabel National Forest, it’s one of the most spectacular examples of exposed igneous dikes.

Summit Lake

  • ​Address: Clear Creek Co (near Idaho Springs)
  • Ownership: Municipal
  • About: Located near Mount Evans, it’s one of the best examples of Arctic tundra in the US, south of the Canadian border.

These wonders are designated national natural landmarks to protect them for the future. They are the best examples of biological and geological features in the United States.

NNL map: (source: nps.gov)

Colorado National Natural Landmarks

Treasure Falls

Waterfalls

Majestic waterfalls are located all around the Rocky Mountains, many only a short walk from your car. They’re usually at their most explosive between April and May when the snow is melting fast. Some of the falls freeze up in the winter, providing unique recreation for climbers. See map.

Anges Vaille Falls
Anges Vaille Falls

Nathrop

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

Telluride

North Clear Creek Falls
N Clear Creek Falls

Lake City

South Clear Creek Falls
S Clear Creek Falls

Lake City

Fish Creek Falls
Fish Creek Falls

Steamboat Springs

Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls

Colorado Springs

Rifle Falls
Rifle Falls

Rifle

Seven Falls
Seven Falls

Colorado Springs

Treasure Falls
Treasure Falls

Pagosa Springs

Zepata Falls
Zepata Falls

Alamosa

Colorado Archaeological Sites

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Archaeological Sites

Explore the history of Colorado, from ancient civilizations and artifacts, to dinosaurs that once roamed the land. See map.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Canyons Ancients

Dolores

Chimney Rock National Monument
Chimney Rock

Pagosa Springs

Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge

Morrison

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds

Florissant

Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep

Montezuma Co

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde

Cortez

Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Ute Mtn Tribal Park

Towaoc

Yucca House National Monument
Yucca House

Cortez

Manmade Landmarks

Four Corners is the only place in the country where four states touch.

Four Corners Monument
Four Corners

See related activities

Explore breathtaking places like Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Scenic byways weave through beautiful landscapes.State Parks provide endless recreation.

National Lands
National Lands
Scenic Drives
Scenic Drives
State Parks
State Parks