Belated birthday: Free state park admission Aug. 5 to celebrate Colorado Day |

Belated birthday: Free state park admission Aug. 5 to celebrate Colorado Day

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer free admission to all state parks Monday, Aug. 5 to celebrate Colorado Day.
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In celebration of Colorado Day, and the 143rd birthday of the state, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers free entry to all 41 state parks on Monday, Aug. 5. Although the state recognizes this annual holiday on the first of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion with free entrance on the first Monday of August.

Colorado Day was created by the state legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant.

“Colorado Day is one of our favorite days of the year. We’re always excited to provide this opportunity to all Coloradans to get out and live life outside,” said Margaret Taylor, assistant director for capital, parks and trails with CPW. “With recreation activities available for everyone, our state parks are wonderful places to experience what makes Colorado so special.” 

All other park fees, including camping reservations and fishing licenses, remain in effect on Aug. 5.

This free entry day provides the perfect opportunity to experience Colorado’s state parks and the diverse landscapes they showcase. Whether you are searching for a new outdoor experience or revisiting your favorite park, you’re sure to find an activity for your family and friends to enjoy while celebrating our state.

There are a huge variety of recreational opportunities at all Colorado state parks. Enjoy our waters by floating your boat or kayak, or rafting a river. View our diverse wildlife, including a multitude of bird species, with our naturalists and volunteers. You can tackle some of the best trails in the state on foot, horseback or bike. Spend some time teaching your children to fish, camp and appreciate nature. Climb a challenging rock face, fly a kite or ride your bike. 

Colorado’s 41 state parks are ready to welcome you for a Colorado Day celebration on Aug. 5. To begin planning your unique Colorado adventure, visit the CPW park finder today.