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Lone Mesa State Park, located 23 miles north of Dolores in southwest Colorado, is a pristine 11,760-acre parkland topped by flat-topped 9,215-foot Lone Mesa. The state parks department calls the area a “crown jewel” with its size and ecological diversity. Atop the mesa are mature aspens over 24 inches in diameter and ponderosa pines over 400 years old, while lower slopes below a cliff band have aspen groves and dense scrub oak thickets. The remote park, purchased in 1999, is currently closed to public use, except for elk, deer, and black bear hunting by Special Use Permits in season. The park will eventually open when funding becomes available to provide basic roads, recreation, and visitor services.
Recommended season(s): Year round.
—Stewart M. Green