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National Parks, Monuments, Grasslands, Historic Sites and Landmarks in Colorado


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January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 16-24: National Park Week
August 25-28: National Park Service Birthday
September 24: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

National Park: These are generally large natural places having a wide variety of attributes, often including significant historic assets. Hunting, mining and consumptive activities are not authorized.

National Monument: The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorized the President to declare by public proclamation landmarks, structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest situated on lands owned or controlled by the government to be national monuments.

National Historic Site: Usually, a national historic site contains a single historical feature that was directly associated with its subject. Derived from the Historic Sites Act of 1935, a number of historic sites were established by secretaries of the Interior, but most have been authorized by acts of Congress.

National Natural Landmark: Natural area that has been designated by the Secretary of the Interior to recognize some of the best examples of biological or geological resources in the nation. Some National Natural Landmarks are on land which is privately owned and some are not accessible to the public.

Designated Historic Sites: Businesses listed nearby a National Park or Monument.

Additional Definitions - Types Of Accommodations

Colorado's National Parks Monuments & Grasslands Map
Colorado's National Historic Sites & Landmarks Map


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