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Contact: Cristy Brown, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park will offer free admittance on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for National Public Lands Day. The annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. September 24 also celebrates the first ever Bike your Park Day. This event encourages the public to discover new parks or see their favorites in a new way.
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Seven federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional, and local governments participate in the annual day of improving the health of public lands and encouraging shared stewardship through volunteer service. Other federal agencies waiving fees on September 24 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Wetherill Mesa offers the perfect place to bicycle in the park, with easy rides on the 5-mile Long House Loop paved trail. Due to safety concerns, bicycle riding is not allowed on the road to Wetherill Mesa. Bicyclists should visit the park's website to ensure they are familiar with the bicycle regulations at https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/gettingaround.htm.
The National Park Service will also waive entrance fees on November 11 in commemoration of Veterans Day. For a full list of fee free days, go to https://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.