Honor Colorado Day the Right Way with Free Admission to State Parks

Colorado celebrates its 142nd birthday on Aug. 1, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is honoring the Centennial State’s milestone with a present to us all!

On August 6, all state parks will offer free admission. Simply show up, and the rangers will let you in at no charge. It’s that easy!

"We're inviting Coloradans to get outdoors at the state parks, enjoy the natural beauty of these places and experience all the recreational activities that the parks have to offer," said Rick Cables, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director, in a news release. "Colorado Day is our annual 'thank-you' to all our visitors for their support. The free day also gives people who have never visited a state park the chance to experience the great activities in state parks."

It is important to note that admission is free, but fees for activities like fishing and camping will be still in effect.

Want to stroll around nature near Denver or just a short jaunt away? Check out the awe-inspiring rock formations at Roxborough State Park, play in the water at Cherry Creek Reservoir or check out the state’s newest state park, Staunton State Park (founded 2013).

Roxborough State Park

Roxborough State Park. Courtesy of cpw.state.co.us. 

Want to get far, far away from the urban grind? CPW has pulled together a list of some favorites, including State Forest State Park (moose viewing, anyone?), Vega State Park and Stagecoach State Park. You can see a list of all the parks that are just waiting for you to explore Aug. 6 on the Parks page.

In addition to free admission day, active duty military and veterans are admitted free to Colorado state parks for the entire month of August! According to CPW, each military member or veteran must show proof of military service and obtain the free pass from any Colorado state park or CPW office.

What do you think? Will you be participating in the free admission day? Also, how many Colorado state parks have you been to? Let us know in the comments below.

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