DENVER -- The state of Colorado is offering free admission to all of its state and national parks on Veterans Day this Sunday, to honor the sacrifices veterans and active duty members of the military, military reserve and National Guard have made, and continue to make, for this country.
On November 11, any member of the military forces – past and present – can get in with their families or friends for free to any of Colorado’s 41 state parks as well as the state's four national parks.
“CPW is proud to thank our veterans and military members by offering free admission to our state parks this Veterans Day,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Bob Broscheid. “We invite the men and women who serve or have served our country in the armed forces to enjoy our state parks as a small gesture of our appreciation for their service.”
Boating, camping, water rafting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing are just some of the things you can enjoy at our state and national parks — but be warned, fees for some of these activities will not be waived.
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Military members and veterans must show proof of military service at the park gate in order to take advantage of the free day.
Don't have a military ID? Here are other things you can bring with you to get in for free:
Applicable DD Form
Veterans Affairs health identification card
A current Colorado Driver’s License or state-issued identification card with the veteran seal printed on it
To honor our heroes, the National Park Service is also offering a free day - but this includes everyone, not just veterans or active duty members of the military.
If you're deciding on a national park instead of a state park, Colorado boasts not one, but four beautiful national parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.