Apr 20, 2012 6:55 PM by Greg Boyce
Nearly four hundred National Parks will offer free admission from April 21 through April 29.
That includes Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta.
"All 397 national parks are great places to get some exercise while taking in spectacular scenery or learning something new," said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. "Whether you go to a natural, historical, or recreational site, or an urban, suburban or rural park, every national park provides a place to exercise both the body and the mind."
Included are the fossil beds near Florissant and the sand dunes near Alamosa. Click here for more.
Locally, Bent's Old Fort will waive all admission fees while the fort's Bookstore and Trade Goods Store will offer a 15% discount on all purchases from April 21 to April 29.
On April 28 and 29 the fort will be hosting an historical gun making workshop led by Jack Brooks. Brooks, who lives in Englewood, Colorado, has been making and restoring guns for over 30 years, concentrating on 18th century firearms. Though the workshop itself is fully booked, visitors may come and observe the work in progress.
"National park week is the perfect opportunity to introduce young people to the parks," said Rick Wallner, Chief of Interpretation at Bent's Old Fort. "Kids have great fun at the fort as they get to step back in time at a place where they can see and smell and touch - unlike most history museums. Besides that, the park is a great place to take a hike, birdwatch or have a picnic. And next week it's all free."