Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day, Monday, August 7 by offering free entrance at all 41 state parks. Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition.

Although the state celebrates its 141 birthday on August 1, state parks will only offer free entrance on August 7. All other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect on August 7.

Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park are the most visited parks in the state, but Colorado Day would also be a chance to sample the trails at Lory State Park near Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir. (The rock climbing routes on the southern face of Arthur’s Rock are closed now until at least the end of July for raptor nesting.)