Saturday, you can take ‘A Walk Through Time’

Take a popular national monument, add 14 miles of car-free roads and a National Public Lands Day and you’ll get the first-ever Centennial Challenge this Saturday at Colorado National Monument.

The Centennial Challenge, called “A Walk Through Time,” is from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and participants (hey, it’s free, no worries) can walk, jog or bicycle as little as 2 miles, eight miles or all 14 miles of Rim Rock Drive, which will be closed to motorized vehicles west of the intersection of Rim Rock Drive and Glade Park Road.

Runners, hikers and bikers can start and end at the Visitors Center, four miles into the park from the west (Fruita) entrance.

Entrance fees will be waived Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day.

You can even bring your pooch but it has to stay on a leash and on the pavement. Doggy bags (yes, that kind) are required, too.

The event is co-sponsored by the Colorado National Monument Association, which will be accepting donations to help fund next year’s 100th anniversary of the monument’s founding.

Each $10 donation gets you an official Centennial celebration pin.

WHAT: Colorado National Monument’s Centennial Challenge,  “A Walk Through Time.”

WHEN: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Colorado National Monument Visitors Center, four miles inside the west entrance.

WHY: To celebrate National Public Lands Days and help raise funds for the 2010 celebration of the 100th birthday of Colorado National Monument

WHO: Colorado National Monument and the Colorado National Monument Association

HOW: Visit the park Web site at http://www.nps.gov/colm/ or call 970-858-3617, ext. 364.


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