National Public Lands Day 2011
Be Our Guest at Colorado National Monument on
The National Park Service cordially invites the public to be our guest at Colorado National Monument on Saturday, September 24, 2011, in honor of National Public Lands Day. In observance of the 18th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, all entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees, will be waived for the day. The entrance fee for one to seven days to Colorado National Monument is normally $10 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
National Public Lands Day was established in 1993 to increase awareness of the value of all public lands, to foster shared stewardship of these national resources, and to encourage people to volunteer their time. Today Federal land agencies are creating partnerships with private individuals and citizen groups in an effort to improve, restore or enhance public lands and provide additional opportunities for education, outdoor recreation, and enjoyment.
Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this free entrance day in the Monument. The observance of Public Lands Day in September offers visitors an excellent opportunity to go for a hike, bicycle or drive across Rim Rock Drive, view wildlife and picnic with family and friends.
On National Public Lands Day, visitors can also take advantage of special 10% discounts on all merchandise in the Colorado National Monument Association bookstore located at the Visitor Center.
To learn more about visiting Colorado National Monument, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, 360. To learn more about National Public Lands Day, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org.
Did You Know?
Each Independence Day, local climbers scale the iconic Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument and raise an American flag on top. This tradition dates back to early park promoter John Otto, whose route up Independence Monument climbers still follow.