There are some deals for Coloradans who want to get out and enjoy state parks in the month of August.
The entire month is military appreciation month, which means all active-duty military and veterans will get free entrance to all of the state’s 41 parks though August.
"We greatly appreciate our active duty service members and veterans for their service to our country," said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf. "We also recognize that it goes beyond the individual service member or veteran, it also includes the spouses and children who spend their lives supporting their family members who may be in harm’s way or serving in an essential role in the defense of our nation."
Passes can be picked up starting on August 1st and proof of service must be presented at any CPW office or state park.
Here is a look at what verification is accepted:
- DD Form 2
- DD Form 2765
- Veterans Affairs medical card
- A current Colorado Driver’s License or state issued identification card with the veteran seal printed on it.
Those who are all ready in the system will no need to provide further proof of service. To check your status, call your local CPW office.
"There is no easy way to thank our military members for their selfless service," added Middledorf. "One thing we are proud to do is invite our veterans and active duty service members and their families to enjoy the outdoors with us at our State Parks and State Wildlife Areas. We wouldn’t have these beautiful public lands, rivers, and lakes to enjoy had it not been for the sacrifice of so many generations of veterans and current active duty service members."
Colorado Day is going to be marked on Monday, August 6th and on that day there will be free admission for everyone at all Colorado state parks. The actual date of Colorado Day is August 1st, however the parks department annual recognizes the event on the first Monday of the month.
"Colorado Day is an opportunity to thank all of our residents and visitors for their continued support of Colorado’s state parks," said Gary Thorson, assistant director for information and education for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "We hope everyone takes advantage of this occasion to experience the wide variety of recreational opportunities that our 41 state parks have to offer. With over 14 million visitors to our state parks last year, we hope people use Colorado Day as a way to explore more of our state parks and the different experiences each can offer."
Keep in mind all other fees including camping and reservations will remain in effect.
Click here to check out the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.