Lonely Planet Writer

Celebrate Colorado Day today with free entry to any of its 42 Beautiful State Parks

Monday, August 1 marks the state of Colorado’s 140th birthday. To celebrate the landmark event, visitors to any of its 42 stunning state parks will be granted free access for the day.

Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park Image by Geoff Lipscombe / CC BY 2.0

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.

Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park Image by Max and Dee Bernt / CC BY 2.0

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.

Sunrise at Roxborough State Park
Sunrise at Roxborough State Park Image by Mark Land / CC BY 2.0

Park entrance fees will be waived for the day, but activities like camping and fishing will still require valid licenses and permits.

Golden Gate Canyon Park
Horseshoe Trail at the Golden Gate Canyon Park Image by Ryan-o

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.

Cherry Creek State Park
Cherry Creek State Park Image by Amy Robertson / CC BY 2.0


For more information on visiting on Colorado Day or visiting any of its state parks, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.