National Parks Free on Sunday for Park Service Birthday!

If you're not heading to downtown Denver to watch the US Pro Bike Challenge on Sunday (or heading to 1 of the 3 Denver Public Library Branches that will be open!), you may want to take the opportunity to celebrate our National Park Service's birthday with free admission to any National Park!

Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites include a wide variety of scenery and history, and are scattered all over the state.

For majestic beauty:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado National Monument

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

For geological and human history:

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Mesa Verde National Park

Hovenweep National Monument

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Whether you want to learn a bit of history, see some amazing scenery on a scenic drive, or take a hike, there's a National Park Service site for you! Can't make it on Sunday? The NPS has other free days coming up later this year!

The Denver Public Library has many materials related to our National Parks, including travel and hiking guides, as well as the history of the parks themselves. There are materials for all ages, too! Some include:

The National Parks: America's Best Idea: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan (also available as an Audio eBook)

The National Parks: America's Best Idea (DVD)

Colorado's National Parks and Monuments by Grant Collier

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States

The Official Guide to America's National Parks

National Geographic Kids National Park Guide USA

Frommer's National Parks of the American West (also available as an eBook)

How about some fiction set in Parks all over the country? Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon mystery series is a great place to look. Start with Track of the Cat. Hard Truth takes place in Rocky Mountain National Park.

You can also search for guidebooks on particular parks or states. If you're having trouble finding what you're looking for, make sure to ask a librarian!

For a brief history of the National Park Service, look here. You can also delve into the Western History Collection or Government Documents for more on this national resource and its history and administration. Cheers to the National Park Service, and to free ways to explore our great state!

Written by Becker on August 23, 2013

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