Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. This western Colorado landmark was sculpted by the Gunnison River and the forces of weather over 2 million years. Photo of a snowy and fog-filled canyon by Judd Clark, National Park Service.


Riding down a ski lift, Telluride Resort, Colorado. Awesome glacial valley below.


On this day in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado officially became a national park. Even in cold weather, you can explore the park’s spectacular mountain environments by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and wildlife watching. In fact, winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose and other large mammals. Sunrise photo of Dream Lake in 2014 by C. Brindle, National Park Service.

Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado gets its name from the fantastic remains of extinct animals embedded in the rocks. Petroglyphs tell the stories of ancient cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons support an array of life. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur National Monument offers much to explore. Photo from the Cub Creek road by National Park Service.