(Colorado Springs, CO) Colorado is a beautiful state with plenty of open spaces to explore. There are forty-two state parks in the "Centennial State" with lush forests, rugged mountains, and vast plains all with amazing scenery, cool wildlife, and fresh air.
During August, these spectacular sights are free for our military members (active duty, veterans, and National Guard).
Eligible individuals can pick up an August Military Pass at any state park or Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Acceptable proof of military service includes a military identification card (active or retired), DD-214, DD Form 2765, DD Form 2, or a current Colorado driver's license or state-issued identification card with the word "Veteran" on it.
The vehicle pass provides free admission to the military member and car occupants, but other park fees still apply such as camping and fishing. Learn more about the promotion here.
So Many Parks, So Little Time
With forty-two state parks, there are many great options. If you choose to go big, the largest Colorado state park is State Forest located east of Walden, Colorado in the northern part of the state. The park has more than 70,000 acres and is considered the "moose viewing capital of Colorado."
The smallest Colorado state park is Rifle Falls located in Garfield County. This 48-acre park is small but mighty popular due to its cascading triple waterfall.
The closest state park to Colorado Springs is Cheyenne Mountain State Park which has 28 miles of trails, camping sites, an archery range, and nature programs. It is a perfect spot for bird watching or enjoying a picnic lunch.
Whether you have a few hours or a whole day, spending time in nature can be a relaxing, health-promoting activity that provides a welcome break from the busyness of life.
As writer Anne Lamott said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
What is your favorite state park?
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