Take advantage of Colorado National Monument’s three fee-free weekends

Linda and Ron Hill of Tucson, Az., load up in their SUV while visiting the Colorado National Monument Wednesday evening

Well now, where were we?

Oh, yes, we were saying there’s a lot to do this summer, remember?

Grand Junction has the wonderful luck to have one of the nation’s most-amazing backyards: Colorado National Monument.

From Serpents Trail to Independence Monument, you can hike, stroll, walk, run, amble and saunter your way through eons of geologic and other natural history for a mere $7 per day or take advantage of the three fee-free weekends set for June 20–21, July 18–19 and Aug. 15–16.

The summer series of ranger-led lectures and activities starts this week and Thursday and Friday you can learn about lizards, road builders, geology and desert plants.

Not all at once, of course.

Unless you know a road builder who also is a rocky lizard eating desert plants.

Or something like that.

WHAT: Visit Colorado National Monument

WHEN: Fee-free weekends this summer are June 20–21; July 18–19; and Aug. 15–16. Regular entry fees are $7 per vehicle (good for seven days) or $20 for an annual pass.

WHY: Besides being one of Colorado’s great natural wonders, it’s about the least-expensive thing a family can do together (a picnic helps, too).

HOW: A list of ranger-led activities is available on Colorado National Monument’s Web site, http://www.nps.gov/colm


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