Spectacular mountain scenery mingles with state-of-the art facilities at Ridgway State Park. Thirty miles north of the park, the awe-inspiring Black Canyon of the Gunnison has carved out a deep, narrow canyon through hard schist, gneiss and granite formations. The park contains an excellent example of the Morrison Formation, the most renowned dinosaur bearing geologic formation in the world, with an extensive fossil record of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and trace fossils. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Ridgway, nicknamed the "Switzerland of America.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 43 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities.