Latest News – April 18

Head Over to The Sand Dunes for National Park Week

Last weekend’s Spring snow storm seemed to hit the reverse button on the seasons, but this week forecasts predict warmer weather moving into the valley. What a perfect way to celebrate National Park Week  – April 16 to 24! And our favorite one is just down the way: The Great Sand Dunes! Parks

This week, 400 national parks and monuments – including the four in Colorado – will offer free admission as part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.

The national parks in Colorado include Rocky Mountain National Park, which covers 415 squares miles and more than 300 hiking trails; Mesa Verde, with its thousands of archaeological sites; Great Sand Dunes, which offers a diverse landscape and even “sand sledding”; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, where the river has carved through rock over millions of years.

National monuments in Colorado include Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction; Dinosaur National Monument across the state border from Vernal, Utah; and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Colorado Springs.

The Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley offers the mountains and "the beach," and this week is fee-free in honor of National Parks Week.

The Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley offers the mountains and “the beach,” and this week is fee-free in honor of National Parks Week.

You may or may not have heard, but 2016 is a big year for the parks, as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial. National Park Week is part of that fun and designated as the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain.  There are natural, cultural, and historical gems to choose from. And with so many options, you’re bound to find a park that speaks to your interests and passions!

Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

  • April 16 – 24: Visit for free! Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
  • April 22: Earth Day. On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
  • April 23: National Park Instameet. Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
  • April 24: Park Rx Day. On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.

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