10:05am

Fri June 8, 2012
Parks & Rec

"Get Outdoors" To Your National Parks For Free Saturday

Saturday marks the 5th annual National Get Outdoors day, and admission to National Parks across the country and in Colorado will be free.

According to National Get Outdoors organizers, each "GO" event around the country will feature information centers, as well as fun activities for the whole family.

Kyle Patterson is with Rocky Mountain National Park. She says the closeness of the park to the Front Range makes it an ideal place for many area residents looking to take advantage of free admission.

“We are the backyard wilderness to so many people along the front range. So we’re handy. We know that from surveys we’ve done in the past, about 30% of our visitors come from the Front Range. And also we have a lot of return and repeat visitors.”

Following the More Kids In The Woods [.pdf] initiative of 2008, the US Forest Service partnered with the American Recreation Coalition to expand the GO program nationwide.

Other events are scheduled across the Front Range for National Get Outdoors day, including rock climbing at Denver’s Civic Center Park, and a fishing derby in Commerce City.

Here's a list of events happening around Colorado.