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Mesa Verde National Park will waive entrance fees on Tuesday, August 25 to celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service. Admission to Mesa Verde National Park and all other National Park Service sites will be free.
In preparation for next year’s big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park, and has created a fun list of 99 ways to help you get started. Mesa Verde is a great place to try #38 – Go Biking, #45 – Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history, or #98 – Take a Sunrise Selfie. To see the entire list of 99 ways to Find Your Park, visit findyourpark.com/nps99. You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.
"We invite you to visit Mesa Verde to celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th birthday," said Mesa Verde Superintendent Cliff Spencer. "It’ll be a great day to bring your bike and ride the Wetherill Mesa Loop, take a hike, or tour one of the cliff dwellings. We look forward to seeing you here."
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark or at findyourpark.com.
Additional fee free days for 2015 for National Park Service units are National Public Lands Day on September 26, and Veterans Day, November 11.
The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Colorado, go to www.nps.gov/CO.