By Steven Bonifazi
(DENVER, Colorado) Governmental agency Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering veterans, active-duty military and the National Guard free entry to all 42 state parks in Colorado Thursday on Veterans Day to thank U.S. military members for their service.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced the free admission Wednesday in a press release, stating that resident and nonresident veterans and military members will be required to show proof of military service to enter any Colorado state park for free.
Utilizing the free daily parks pass, veterans and military members can spend this Veterans Day observing the unique wildlife and nature Colorado's state parks such as Eldorado Canyon State Park and Lake Pueblo State Park have to offer.
Park fees from camping reservations and hunting and fishing licenses to boat and off-highway vehicle registrations will still be in effect.
Active duty military, veterans and disabled veterans also have access to military benefits for outdoor activities through CPW. In addition to free entry to state parks on Veterans Day, qualified Colorado Disabled Veterans or Purple Heart license plates can also receive year-round free entry to all state parks, free admission to all state parks in August and free small game and fishing licenses for qualified disabled veterans.
There is a multitude of Veterans Day activities taking place throughout the state, such as the UMC and Veteran and Military Affairs Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 in Boulder, the Denver Veterans Day Parade & Festival on Nov. 13 in Denver and the 4th Annual CommUNITY On Tap Veterans Day 5k on Nov. 13 in Fort Collins, just to name a few.