National Park Service Turns 97 on August 25

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Date: August 13, 2013
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608

Mesa Verde National Park Celebrates 97th Birthday of the National Park Service 

Mesa Verde National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service on Sunday, August 25. To celebrate, admission to Mesa Verde National Park and all other national parks will be free.    

"National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone – so visit the park, take a hike, go on a tour or just take in the scenery," said Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer. 

The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 401 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at

The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in Colorado, go to

Additional fee free days for 2013 for National Park Service units are: 

September 28 (National Public Lands Day)
November 9 to 11 (Veterans Day weekend)


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


(970) 529-4465

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