Latest News – April 22

Head Over to The Sand Dunes for FREE Weekend

The National Park Week celebration continues today, and one of the many parks is right here in Saguache County: The Great Sand Dunes!

Thanks to the folks at NASA for this really cool picture of The Great Sand Dunes from outer space. Happy National Parks Week! This weekend is free admission April 22-23!

National Park Week is an annual celebration of America’s National Parks. From April 15 – 23, parks will have special events and waive their entrance fees on certain days. This year, the National Park Service has waived admission to its 400 sites across the country offering free weekends,including this weekend: April 22-23.

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. 

Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

  • April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
    On these National Park Week weekends, 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: 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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