Head to Sand Dunes for National Park Week
Today kicks off National Park Week 2018 which runs from April 21 through 29! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events, and that includes some right in your own backyard if you live in Leadville Today!
The theme for National Park Week in 2018 is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands. And fortunately, has one of the best “Park Stars” at the Great Sand Dunes National Park just a 2 hour drive south, located in the San Luis Valley Colorado. And TODAY is a #FeeFreeDay!
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.
Here are some highlights during National Park Week:
- April 22: Earth Day—Get out and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild & Scenic Rivers System!
- April 28: Military & Veteran Recognition Day
- April 29: National Park Rx Day – On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.
Library Offers FREE Use of CO Parks and Wildlife Pass
Lake County Public Library has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to loan a state park entry pass for one week. This partnership provides an outdoor learning experience for library cardholders and expands public library services. The goal of the program is to provide residents an opportunity to explore state parks before purchasing a park pass, and the hope is that library cardholders will enjoy the experience they will want to purchase their own park passes.
Starting June 20, the first day of summer, the public library will have two backpacks to loan that each contain a state park pass hang-tag for the rear-view mirror, one set of binoculars, a Colorado wildlife guide, a Colorado trees and wildflower guide, a guide to Colorado’s 42 state parks, a Leave No Trace card, an activity ideas list and a program evaluation card. We ask that you inventory all items in the backpack to make sure they are in good repair before return, and to fill out the evaluation form to help sustain the program. Packs and passes will circulate to adults, with no holds or renewals.