The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.
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Various acts of Congress and regulations set up by the Department and the Service have, during the years, become resolved into general policies for the protection, conservation, and administration of the national park and monument system. Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.
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Attracting over 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 state parks and statewide recreation programs are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life, offering some of the highest quality outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks include a variety of landscapes to match the state's geography, from urban playgrounds to back-country retreats, from mountain lakes to whitewater adventure.
The Colorado State Parks Board is charged with determining State Parks policy, including maintaining and establishing parks, adopting and enforcing Division rules and regulations, educating the public about the availability of state park facilities and preserving the environment, water, vegetation and wildlife. The Board is comprised of five members appointed by the Governor, with four members representing the West, North, South and Metro regions of Colorado, and a fifth "at-large" member.
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BLM lands are often thought of as America's Great Outdoors, and public lands in Colorado are a perfect example of that. The BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public lands in Colorado ranging from 4,000 to over 14,000 feet in elevation. Those lands include beautiful desert landscapes, remote wilderness river canyons, majestic mesas, and fragile alpine tundra with stunning vistas of Colorado's magnificent high country.
Under its' "multiple use" mandate, BLM balances recreation and preservation of sensitive plant and animal species, rangeland and wildlife habitat, air and water quality, and scenic and cultural values with environmentally responsible commercial and traditional uses of the land. Coloradoans rely on their public lands for recreation, cultural and historical tourism, hunting, wilderness, mining and energy development, and sheep and cattle grazing.
Though many BLM recreation areas offer restrooms, picnic tables, and camping areas, most sites are primitive with few or no facilities. Visitors are encouraged to learn more about public lands before they come to ensure they are properly prepared for their adventures. Check BLM websites for special regulations, fees, and permit requirements.
The founding of the National Forest System and the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has its roots in the last quarter of the 19th century. The national forests (at first called forest reserves) began with the Forest Reserve Act of 1891, which allowed the president to establish forest reserves from timber covered public domain land. Several early leaders and visionaries, along with willing presidents (especially Teddy Roosevelt), scientific and conservation organizations, and newly trained forestry professionals, led the successful effort in retaining millions of acres of Federal forest land for future generations.
The pride and professionalism continue in the Forest Service today. The United States currently has a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife. The history of the agency is long and remarkable. Over the last century, the Forest Service has initiated numerous, innovative products and procedures, as well as led the country and the world in scientific forestry matters. How the Forest Service got to where it is today is a fascinating story of people, places, politics, laws, and controversies.
Delta County is diverse in its terrain and offers numerous hiking trails and peaks to summit. From canyon floors to alpine heights you will find just what you are looking for.
For a list of peaks visit: http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/gmapcty.php?c=68
For a great bolg about the area's outdoor attractions visit: http://www.summitpost.org/delta-county-colorado/528479
The Crag's Crest National Recreation Trail provides those with the will to hike it generous 360 degree views.