Colorado Day celebrates when Colorado was first recognised as a state on August 1st 1876, thanks to Proclamation 230 which was signed by President Ulysses S.Grant. The state is named for the Colorado River, which got its name for the ruddy silt that Spanish travellers saw in the water.
As the eighth largest state in terms of land, Colorado boasts more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts located throughout it’s expansive area.
Park entrance fees will be waived for the day, but activities like camping and fishing will still require valid licenses and permits.
Military personal that are active in duty or veterans are admitted free entry to Colorado state parks for the whole month of August with proof of service cards.
For more information on visiting on Colorado Day or visiting any of its state parks, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.