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The National Park Service will honor all military veterans by providing free entrance for everyone to all 401 national parks on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th.
"Every national park tells a part of the American story, and many of the parks have a direct connection to those who have served in the military through the years," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "I invite everyone to come to a national park to commemorate Veterans Day, whether it is to learn more about those who have given so much to defend our freedoms or to simply enjoy the beauty and majesty of the land they fought to protect."
The National Park Service also provides active duty members of the military and their dependents with an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks. The passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands - more than 2,000 in all. Passes are available from Colorado National Monument's entrance stations and at any national park that ordinarily charges an entrance fee. Information about all national park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm
In 1911, Colorado National Monument was designated as the 25th unit of the National Park System. With the addition of many miles of hiking trails and a 23-mile scenic road to drive or bicycle, access to the monument has grown much easier over the last 103 years. If you visit, watch for bighorn sheep near Balanced Rock just inside the west entrance (for your safety and for the safety of the sheep, please watch from a distance of at least 75 feet or from within your vehicle), then enjoy the crisp air and relaxing mood of autumn as you make your way to the visitor center and beyond.
For additional information about Colorado National Monument, the 25th unit to be included in the National Park System, please visit www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617 ext. 360.