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Sarah Rusch and Eben Kowler climb in the dune field at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado on September 24, 2014.
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Monday is the last free day of the year at Rocky Mountain National Park and others in the national system — it’s Veterans Day, a federal holiday — but you can mark your calendar now for next year’s free days:

  • Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 18, the first day of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25, the anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service
  • Sept. 26, National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11, Veterans Day

“Across the country, more than 400 national parks preserve significant natural and cultural areas, each one an important piece of our national identity and heritage,” National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela said in a news release. “Free entrance days serve as additional motivation for people to get outside and enjoy these places of inspiration and recreation.”

In addition to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is typically the nation’s third-busiest park (with 4.59 million visitors in 2018), Colorado is home to three others: Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

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