All 42 state parks open to public for free Monday

DENVER — Forget Valentine’s Day, Colorado Day is a holiday to celebrate love.  After all, Colorado never lets us down.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will mark Colorado Day on Monday by waiving entrance fees to all 42 state parks.

Colorado Day is a celebration of the actions of the state legislature, marking the anniversary of statehood. Colorado officially became a state on Aug. 1, 1876.

Fees for camping and reservations are still in effect on Colorado Day.

Crowds are expected to be large at extremely popular parks. Officials urge people to show up early at any park, and avoid Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park, which are the most visited.

  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
  • Barr Lake
  • Boyd Lake
  • Castlewood Canyon
  • Chatfield
  • Cherry Creek
  • Cheyenne Mountain
  • Crawford
  • Eldorado Canyon
  • Eleven Mile
  • Elkhead Reservoir
  • Golden Gate Canyon
  • Harvey Gap
  • Highline Lake
  • Jackson Lake
  • James M. Robb
  • Colorado River
  • John Martin Reservoir
  • Lake Pueblo
  • Lathrop LM. Lone Mesa
  • Lory
  • Mancos
  • Mueller
  • Navajo
  • North Sterling
  • Paonia
  • Pearl Lake
  • Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls
  • Rifle Gap
  • Roxborough
  • St. Vrain
  • San Luis
  • Spinney Mountain
  • Stagecoach
  • State Forest
  • Staunton
  • Steamboat Lake
  • Sweitzer Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Trinidad Lake
  • Vega
  • Yampa River