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:
For geological and human history:
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)
Colorado's National Parks and Monuments by Grant Collier
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!