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National Park Week free admittance April 17-25, 2010

Tomichi Point, Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Tomichi Point, Black Canyon of the Gunnison
National Park Service Photo by Lisa Lynch

United States Citizens 62 and older are eligible to purchase a $10 Eagle Pass, providing lifetime free access to all national and Federal recreation sites. But this week, April 17-25, 2010, you don’t have to be over 62 to enjoy unpaid entrance into a National Park, and it costs you nothing. An annual Presidential proclamation, National Park Week, grants free admission to 362 National Parks across the country.

Denverites can take pleasure in four magnificent National Parks year-round. They are:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Gunnison, CO— Amazing depths of 2,000-foot tall, narrow walls drop to the Gunnison River. Things to do include: Camping, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Scenic Drives, etc. Check site for road closures.

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mosca, CO—Colorado’s Sand Dunes are the highest dunes in North America with creeks and streams, grasslands and mountains.

Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, CO—Over 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people, dating from 600-1800 A.D. Things to do include: Bird Watching, Cross Country Skiing, Plant Walks, etc. Note: Access to Spruce Tree is closed from April 11-April 30, 2010 due to construction. Fees for guided tours are $3.00 per person.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO—Elevations range from 8,000 to the top of Longs Peak-14,259 feet. Things to do include: Back Country Camping, Biking, Climbing and Mountaineering, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Rafting, Scenic Drives, etc. (If you haven’t heard the Elk bugling, fall is also a popular time to visit.)

Only one week left for this free offer. As always, be prepared to travel to “higher” ground and afternoon storms with proper clothing and plenty of water.


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