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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

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(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


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