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Pike National Forest
2014-01-20 10:14:06

The Pike National Forest can be found in the Front Range of Colorado, USA, and westwards of the Colorado Springs and includes Pikes Peak. The forest covers 1,106,604 acres within Teller, Clear Creek, Jefferson, El Paso, and Douglas counties. The main rivers the drain the forests are the South Platte and Fountain Creek, Rampart Reservoir, a large synthetic body of water, can be found within the...

Rio Grande National Forest
2013-12-30 12:28:35

The Rio Grande National Forest is a 1.86 million acre United States National Forest located in southwestern Colorado. The forest includes the San Luis Valley, which is the world’s largest agricultural alpine valley, in addition to one of the world's largest high deserts located around mountains. The Continental Divide runs along the majority of the forest’s western border. It lies in parts...

Gunnison National Forest
2013-12-24 10:52:22

Gunnison National Forest is a U.S. National Forest covering 1,672,136 acres in Mesa, Hinsdale, Gunnison, and Saguache Counties in the Western portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. It borders the White River National Forest to the north, the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests towards the west, the San Isabel National Forest towards the east and the Rio Grande National Forest towards...

Grand Mesa National Forest
2013-12-05 14:15:15

The Grand Mesa National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties in western Colorado. It borders the White River National Forest towards the north and the Gunnison National Forest towards the east. The forest covers the majority of Grand Mesa and the southern part of Battlement Mesa. It has a total area of 346,555 acres. It is managed by the United States...

Arapaho National Forest
2013-11-01 13:34:45

Arapaho National Forest is a National Forest found in north-central Colorado, United States. The facility is managed jointly with the Roosevelt National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland from the United States Forest Service office located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The combined facility of 1,730,603 acres is represented as ARP (Arapaho, Roosevelt, Pawnee) by the Forest Service....

Mesa Verde National Park
2013-04-24 15:47:49

Mesa Verde National Park is located in the state of Colorado in the United States. The park contains 52,485 acres of land that was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the basket maker and pueblo peoples, also known as the Anasazi tribe. In 1868, the American government made a treaty with the Ute tribe that established the area west of the Continental Divide as belonging to the...

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
2013-04-17 23:31:23

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in the western portion of Colorado in the United States. The park holds 30,750 acres of land that was once inhabited by Native Americans, including the Ute people. The first recorded American presence in the area occurred in 1881, when the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad encountered the area, taking nearly two years to build a line...

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
2013-04-17 17:19:34

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is located in Colorado in the United States. The park occurs in what is known as San Luis Valley in the far eastern areas of Saguache and Alamosa counties. The area was first established as a national monument in 1932. It was not until 2000, when Congress passed the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000, that the area became a...

Rocky Mountain National Park
2013-04-17 16:05:51

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in north-central Colorado in the United States. The park holds 265,761 acres of protected land and is bordered by Routt National Forest in the northwest, Arapaho National Forest in the southwest, and Roosevelt National Forest in the east and west. The park is separated into two areas by the Continental Divide, giving the west and east areas different...

Colorado Squawfish Ptychocheilus lucius
2013-01-12 06:47:45

Formally known as the Colorado squawfish, this freshwater species is now called the Colorado pikeminnow. This fish was native to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as portions of Mexico, but with the natural habitat changed by the damming of rivers and streams, this fish is now restricted to the Colorado Basin. Limited numbers of the Colorado squawfish...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'