Interactive map of Colorado’s parks offers resources, alternate spots to visit

DENVER (KDVR) — It’s no secret: Colorado’s parks are busy.

Some, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, have implemented a timed-entry reservation system to ensure the area isn’t overwhelmed by visitors.

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Even some state parks have reported full parking lots by 9 a.m., and implemented reservations systems.

In light of Colorado’s heavy park use, a collaboration of eight federal, state and county land management agencies in North-central Colorado, called NoCo Places, wants to ensure that potential visitors know park conditions before they even leave their house.

The collaboration released an interactive map that shows selected public lands in the region, key information about those areas and links to the official managing agency’s informational pages.

The map is part of an overall effort from NoCo Places to help address the high visitation rates in northern Colorado’s foothills and Rocky Mountain range. With the map, visitors will be presented with options and alternatives on places to visit if their first options are full or booked.

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The map is available in English and Spanish and also offers information about the local flora and fauna.

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