Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day, on Monday, August 1, 2016, with free park entrance at all of our state parks. Colorado has 42 state parks and 350 state wildlife areas for you to enjoy.

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

How Did Colorado Day Start?

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

Most Coloradans live less than 30 minutes from a state park. It's easy to locate a state park near you online.

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