List of National Natural Landmarks in Colorado
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|1||Big Spring Creek||October 2012||Saguache||Spring-fed creek in an unconfined aquifer with rare species and plant life|
|2||Garden of the Gods||1971||El Paso||An outstanding illustration of the lithologic character of sedimentary rocks, and of the vertical forces that produced the front range of the Rocky Mountains.|
|3||Garden Park Fossil Area||1973||Fremont||An internationally known paleontological site.|
|4||Hanging Lake||June 2011||Garfield||A unique example within the Southern Rocky Mountains biophysiographic province of a lake formed by travertine deposition. It also supports one of the best and largest examples of a hanging garden plant community in the province.|
|5||Indian Springs Trace Fossil||1979||Fremont||Considered the best trace fossil locality in North America for ancient Ordovician animal life.|
|6||Lost Creek Scenic Area||1966||Park, Jefferson||Unusual rock formations and underground stream channels.|
|7||Morrison-Golden Fossil Areas||1973||Jefferson||Site of the first major discovery of giant dinosaur fossils in North America. The site was expanded in 2011 to include the 19-acre Golden Fossil Areas around the city of Golden.|
|8||Raton Mesa||1963||Las Animas||A mesa preserved by a thick lava cap that has resisted destruction from weathering and erosion.|
|9||Roxborough State Park||1980||Douglas||An excellent example of the tilted and faulted sedimentary strata of the Colorado front range.|
|10||Russell Lakes||1975||Saguache||The most extensive bulrush marsh in Colorado.|
|11||Sand Creek||1984||Larimer||The most spectacular examples of cross-bedded sandstone and “topple blocks” in North America. NNL area extends across Wyoming border.|
|12||Slumgullion Earthflow||1965||Hinsdale||An excellent illustration of the geologic process of mass wasting.|
|13||Spanish Peaks||1976||Huerfano, Las Animas||One of the best known examples of exposed igneous dikes.|
|14||Summit Lake||April 1965||Clear Creek||A 160 acres (0.65 km²) park which contains alpine tundra around a small alpine lake. Some of the plants that survive in this microclimate are usually found only in the Arctic Circle.|
- "National Natural Landmarks Program, Colorado". National Park Service. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.
- "Interior Designates 27 New National Landmarks". United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- "Secretary Salazar Designates New National Natural Landmarks". National Park Service. Retrieved Feb 22, 2013.