Enjoy National Parks Week with monument visit

A ranger-led hike at Colorado National Monument spends a few minutes at an overlook to discuss and enjoy the geologic wonders of the monument.

It’s certainly not a free-for-all, but it’s definitely free entry at Colorado National Monument during National Parks Week.

Through Sunday, Colorado National Monument and other fee-charging units of the National Park Service are waiving entry fees.

That means it’s even easier to enjoy the monument, where the spring flower show is just starting to explode.

Only entry fees have been waived. Other fees, such as camping and those charged by concessionaires, still are being accepted.

Among the special events planned for this week are a ranger-led hike from 9 a.m. to 11:30 Saturday to the base of Independent Monument with park ranger Don Regan.

Saturday also is National Junior Ranger Day.

Consider this week a warm-up for 2011, when Colorado National Monument celebrates its 100th anniversary.

WHAT: National Parks Week celebrating the diverse opportunities within the National Park system.

WHEN: Entry fees are waived through Sunday. Sunday also features a free youth event titled “Where’s that critter hiding out?” from 1–3 p.m. at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

WHERE: Colorado National Monument and other National Park units, which offer hikes, programs and special events for visitors of all ages.

HOW: Information on programs and discounts at the visitor center book store, 858-3617, ext. 360.


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