September 18, 2013
National parks and monuments around the country will waive entry fees Saturday in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
At Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, rangers will lead a 1-mile walk, delving into the area's natural and cultural history, at 11 a.m.. Rangers will give talks at the outdoor amphitheater at 1:30 and 4 p.m., and demonstrations on fossil recovery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the yurt in the picnic area.
Be sure to visit the park's new visitor center and take a ranger-led hike at 5 p.m. to hear the bugling of bull elks in the rut. Reservations are required.
Other parks with free entry Saturday are Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain national parks, though the latter was closed last week due to flooding and it was uncertain when the park would reopen.
Entrance fees will also be waived at Chimney Rock, Hovenweep, Dinosaur and Colorado national monuments.
The parks and national monuments will again offer free entry Nov. 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day.