State park admission free today for Colorado Day |

State park admission free today for Colorado Day

Colorado Parks and Wildlife marks Colorado Day, today’s commemoration of Colorado’s acceptance into statehood, with free park entrance at all 42 state parks.

“Colorado Day is an opportunity for everyone to get outside and experience the diverse natural beauty and recreational activities that our 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas have to offer,” said CPW Information and Education Assistant Director Gary Thorson. “This day is also the agency’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents and visitors who enjoy our state parks and for their continued support.”

Colorado was recognized as a state Aug. 1, 1876. The first addition to the Colorado state park system, Cherry Creek State Park, emerged some 56 years later.

Most Coloradans live less than 30 minutes from a state park. Go to to locate a state park near you.

Park entrance fees are waived, but activities including fishing and camping will still require a valid license and permit.

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