National Parks Service invites everyone over for its 100th birthday

The National Parks Service is turning 100, and to celebrate, they’re letting everyone in for free.

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Rocky Mountain National Park (Kevin J. Beaty)

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Rocky Mountain National Park (Kevin J. Beaty)

The National Parks Service is turning 100, and to celebrate, they’re letting everyone in for free.

That’s great news if you live in Colorado, where there are a dozen national parks entirely or partly in-state. From Aug. 25-28, you can explore our beautiful wilderness and historic sites free of fees. Here’s where to do it:

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Hovenweep Canyon
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Park
  • Yucca House National Monument

That map doesn’t include trails. You can find an interactive map of those here.

And as Rocky Mountain National Park helpfully points out, the roads to and through there will get backed up, so consider that in your planning.