April 16 – April 24 is National Parks Week across the United States. This means you can visit a national park, trail, and monument, site and preserve for free!
The opportunity to visit some historical sites and learn more about Colorado is available when you visit Bent’s Old Fort in La Junta or look into the past at Mesa Verde National Park. At the Great Sand Dunes in Mosca, CO you can stand in awe and wonder how the dunes ended up in this part of the world. Be sure to do some sand surfing while you’re there – it’s an experience like no other!
Dinosaur National Monument in Dinosaur Colorado is a ‘must-see’ site for children who are in the dinosaur learning phase of their lives.
Rocky Mountain National Park is always one of my favorites because of the plethora of trails, lakes, views and wide open sky. If you live in Colorado and want to take advantage of the free entrance fees this week – here’s a list of sites to visit:
|Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
La Junta, CO
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Dinosaur National Monument
Vernal, Utah & Dinosaur, Colorado, CO,UT
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Cortez and Mancos, CO
|Old Spanish National Historic Trail
|Pony Express National Historic Trail
Various States, CA,CO,KS,MO,NE,NV,UT,WY
|Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park and Grand Lake, CO
|Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Kiowa County, CO
|Santa Fe National Historic Trail
|Yucca House National Monument
|–Here is a list of featured events happening across the United States this week:
Park Prescriptions: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
Join us in celebrating the launch of the Indiana Dunes “Park Prescription” program. Staff from the National Park Service and Porter Health System will introduce the prescription trails and describe the workings of this get healthy program. Health care professionals, patients, and students from the Discovery Charter School will be on hand to demonstrate the value of Healthy Parks Healthy People. The program kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Calumet Dune Trail at the corner of U.S. Highway 12 and Kemil Road in Beverly Shores, Indiana.
John Muir’s birthda: Muir Woods National Monument, California
Celebrate John Muir’s birthday with a quiet walk through what he called “the best tree-lover’s monument in all the forests of the world.” Phone the Muir Woods Hotline at 415-388-2595 for program information.
Explore, Learn, Protect: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Have you ever put your hand into a bear’s footprint? Have you ever been so close to an owl that you could look it in the eye? Have you ever talked to a wildland firefighter? Here’s your chance! Shenandoah National Park has special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. For park information call 540-999-3500.
- Mountain Bikers Add Southwest Colorado to ‘Must-Do’ List — Mesa Verde Country ‘s famed Phil’s World singletrack highlights world-class rides — (prweb.com)
- Reminder: National Parks Week begins today (gadling.com)
- Parks offer free admission during National Park Week ()
- National Park Week: 5 Amazing Discoveries To Make In America (huffingtonpost.com)