Herald Staff Report
To celebrate Colorado Day, and the 144th birthday of the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer free entry to 41 state parks Monday.
Although the state recognizes this annual holiday on the first of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion with free entrance on the first Monday of August.
Colorado Day was created by the Legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant.
This free entry day provides an opportunity to experience Colorado’s state parks and the diverse landscapes they showcase. All other park fees remain in effect, including camping reservations, boat and off-highway vehicle registrations, and hunting and fishing licenses.
In an effort to thank military members for their service, CPW offers active duty and veterans free admission to all state parks for the entire month of August. Military members and veterans can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of military service. Passes become available Saturday.
Coloradans are encouraged to practice the Care for Colorado – Leave No Trace principles and trail safety etiquette when recreating outdoors.
For more information, visit www.cpw.state.co.us.