All national parks free for a week - The Denver Post: "All national parks free for a week
By The Denver Post
Posted: 04/16/2010 05:18:18 PM MDT
Updated: 04/16/2010 05:21:15 PM MDT
Admission to all 392 national parks — including four in Colorado — is free April 17-25 during National Park Week.
Colorado's parks are the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park along the Continental Divide, and southwest Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park.
The normal cost is $20 per vehicle in Rocky Mountain National Park, $15 per vehicle in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison park and $10 per vehicle in Mesa Verde. The regular cost in Great Sand Dunes is $3 per person.
Saturday, April 24, is National Junior Ranger Day, when kids can take part in special activities and earn an official Junior Ranger patch.
Most parks also are planning special volunteer events, giveaways and discounts during the week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22.
Mesa Verde, for example, is offering 40 percent off T-shirts made from recycled material, as well as a free pack of Colorado wild flower seeds to each visitor all week.
For more information visit www.nationalparkweek.org or www.nps.gov."