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Visit any Colorado National Park for free Saturday, courtesy of National Public Lands Day

Posted: 8:51 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 10:57:03-04
Visit Colorado National Parks for free Saturday
Visit Colorado National Parks for free Saturday
Visit Colorado National Parks for free Saturday
Visit Colorado National Parks for free Saturday
Visit Colorado National Parks for free Saturday

This Saturday, you can visit any of Colorado’s four National Parks free of charge, courtesy of National Public Lands Day.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) created the day 25 years ago in an effort to promote the enjoyment of the parks, as well as the importance of public land conservation.

With admission fees waived on Saturday, which National Park will you go to? We have you covered with this detailed list of Colorado National Parks:

What: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park  in Montrose

Parking: South Rim Visitor Center, 9800 Highway 347, Montrose

Usual admission fee: $20 for single, private, noncommercial car (valid for seven days)

What you need to know: Black Canyon offers visitors plenty of views of steep cliff and craggy spires. You’re welcome to hike along the rim or kick it up a notch to take on the unmaintained and strenuous hikes around the Gunnison River . Several climbing locations are closed due to the potential of falling rocks. In addition, kayakers should be aware of the serious rockfall hazard on South Chasm View Wall as they paddle past it. Click here for a map of the park .

 

What: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve  in Mosca

Parking: Visitor Center, 11999 State Highway 150, Mosca

Usual admission fee: $20 for single, private, noncommercial car (valid for seven days)

What you need to know: This park contains some of the tallest dunes in North America. Visitors are welcome to hike the park , sled (or sandboard) down the dunes , cool off in the Medano Creek and more. It’s highly recommended to check the weather before you go, since it can change rapidly in the park. There are no current fire restrictions at the park. Click here for a map of the park .

What: Mesa Verde National Park  in Cortez and Mancos

Parking: 1 Wetherill Mesa Road, Mesa Verde National Park

Usual admission fee: $20 for single, private, noncommercial car (valid for seven days) from May 1-Oct. 31, and $15 from Jan. 2-April 30

What you need to know: Mesa Verde has more than 5,000 archeological sites that attract countless visitors each year. It's easy to spend hours wandering these sites. The park may be smoky due to nearby wildfires. The Spruce Tree House remains closed due to safety concerns surrounding rockfalls. There are fire restrictions in effect . Click here for a map of the park .

 

What: Rocky Mountain National Park  in Estes Park and Grand Lake

Parking: 1000 U.S. Highway 36, Estes Park

Usual admission fee: $25 for single, private, noncommercial car (valid for one day)

What you need to know: There are many ways to enjoy Rocky Mountain’s 415 square miles of wilderness. Whether you want to hit the Trail Ridge Road for a big climb, or would rather walk along wildflowers and wildlife at lower altitude, this park offers something for everybody. Here’s the latest update on trail conditions or you can call 970-586-1222 for a recording of the latest on the Trail Ridge Road, specifically. While the park is usually cool and dry in the fall, Rocky Mountain weather can be extreme, so be sure to check it out before you head out the door. Click here for a map of the park .

To find a National Public Lands Day event near you, visit NEEF’s website here: https://www.neefusa.org/event-locator .

This Saturday is also National Hunting and Fishing Day  and Mayor Michael Hancock has proclaimed it as Public Lands Day in Denver.