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National Parks in Colorado are free April 20

Apr 19, 2024, 3:15 PM | Updated: 3:18 pm

Many people in Colorado will likely spend April 20th in a very notorious way that I don’t need to spell out for you… But that’s not the only thing happening in our state tomorrow!

National Park Week is happening April 20th to April 28th this year, and to kick it off, it will be free to get in all the national parks in the country tomorrow (Apr. 20). That doesn’t just cover the major ones, like Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, or Grand Canyon, but all 429 sites in the National Park System, including battlefields and seashores.

The first National Park Week was in 1991 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service. The next one didn’t happen until 1994, but it’s now an annual event that encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the parks. There are special activities planned for the week and each of the nine days of National Park Week highlight a different parks-related theme:

  • April 20th – Discovery
  • April 21st – Volunteers
  • April 22nd – Earth Day
  • April 23rd – Innovation
  • April 24th – Workforce Wednesday
  • April 25th – Youth Engagement
  • April 26th – Community Connections
  • April 27th – Junior Ranger Day
  • April 28th – Arts in Parks

While entry fees are only waived the first day, there are four other free entry days at national parks this year:

  • June 19th – Juneteenth
  • August 4th – Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 28th – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th – Veterans Day
  • Veterans and Gold Star Families are eligible for free, lifetime access to national parks. Fourth-graders and their families also get in for free with the Every Kid Outdoors program.

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