Don’t want to shop on Black Friday? Visit a Colorado state park for free

Author: Marianne Goodland - November 24, 2017 - Updated: November 24, 2017

(Courtesy photo, Colorado Dept. of Parks and Wildlife Facebook page)

If you’re not ready to face the Black Friday crowds, or just want to spend some time outdoors after a day of stuffing your belly with Thanksgiving turkey, how about visiting one of Colorado’s 41 state parks — for free?

Colorado’s newest state park, Staunton, is located southwest of Denver along Highway 285 in Jefferson County. The 3,098-acre park opened in 2013 and has more than 32 miles of trails, including the brand-new 12-mile Elk Falls Trail.

Interesting tidbit: 80 acres now part of the park were once owned by playwright Mary Coyle Chase, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey.”

Admission to all of Colorado’s state parks on Black Friday is free, according to the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, and is part of their #FreshAirFridayCO promotion.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.