Celebrate Park Service’s centennial at Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument will host a free concert celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial as well as one of the early advocates of wilderness protection.

“John Muir: University of the Wilderness” performed by The Chance Ensemble will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the picturesque red rock setting of the monument’s Saddlehorn Picnic Area.

It will be a narrative concert with a musical score creating “a place where Celtic, contemporary and classical music beautifully collide.”

Muir’s “writings impacted a generation of Americans in the late 1800s, and inspired them to protect areas such as Yosemite, Glacier Bay and the Grand Canyon. His words still ring true today,” the release said.

The Saddlehorn Picnic Area is 1/4-mile from the monument’s Visitor Center. Take a chair, insect repellent, and refreshments.

Parking in the picnic area is limited. Reservations for the parking spaces are strongly encouraged. Call 858-3617, ext. 360, for information and parking reservations.


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