By Steven Bonifazi
(DENVER, Colo.) All of Colorado's 42 state parks will offer free entry on Friday for Fresh Air Friday in an attempt to provide an alternative to Black Friday.
This year's Fresh Air Friday will be the 7th annual event that works to encourage people to spend time over Thanksgiving weekend creating memories in the great outdoors while skipping the crowded lines at shopping centers for Black Friday. And what's more, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are offering a free guided hike at State Forest State Park Friday in Walden for people to get the chance to learn about Colorado's outdoors with a knowledgable CPW park ranger, according to a press release from CPW.
The guided hike will run from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting at the Moose Visitor Center near the Gould Loop Trailhead and will span a total of 1.5 miles along the Michigan River through moose habitat wetlands. Those attending the hike will learn about plants and wildlife throughout the area.
The visitor center will also have souvenirs available in addition to information regarding the biology, geology and history of the area. Those interested in attending the hike are encouraged to bring layered clothing and snowshoes as they could be required, however, the Moose Visitor Center has snowshoes available to be rented for $5 a day.
With Friday being a state holiday, some park visitor centers may not be open or fully staffed and enforcement personnel will be walking around the parks. Also, some visitor services may be limited.