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A breathtaking view of sunset clouds gathering over State Forest’s aspen groves with mountains in the background. Photo Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Celebrate Colorado Day and the State Park system's 144th birthday with free entrance to all 41 state parks in Colorado on Monday, August 3, 2020.  

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Although the state recognizes this annual holiday on the first of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion by waiving entrance frees on the first Monday of August.

“Colorado Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the natural beauty of our state and spend time outside,” said State Trails Program Manager Fletcher Jacobs. “Coloradans have a rich tradition of embracing an outdoor lifestyle, and our state parks offer a variety of outdoor activities that people of all ages and physical levels can enjoy.

Military members and veterans can also get free entrance to state parks during the entire month of August.

Other park fees, such as camping reservations, boat and off-highway vehicle registrations, and hunting and fishing licenses remain in effect. 

Top state park recommendations include State Forest, Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Crawford, and Vega. For a full list of state parks in Colorado, click here.

Editor's Note: As always, please follow the principles of Leave No Trace as you're exploring these natural areas.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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