Colorado was first recognized as a state August 1, 1876. Celebrate Colorado’s birthday in nature with FREE entry to Colorado’s state parks not on Tuesday, August 1 as you might expect but on Monday, August 7. Park entrance fees are waived, but all other fees, including camping and reservations, remain in effect, and paid fishing licenses are required for adults. Regular state park admission is $7 to $9 per car. So pack a picnic, lace up those hiking boots or hop on a bike, but don’t bother pulling out your wallet. Colorado Parks & Wildlife reminds us that most us live a short ride from one of 42 state parks or 300 wildlife areas. The closest to metro Denver are Barr Lake State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park, Chatfield State Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park and Roxborough State Park. Get out and enjoy our bounty. Click here for a map.