If you're fortunate enough to have Monday off work in celebration of Martin Luther King Day be sure and take advantage of the first FREE National Park Day of 2017.

The Colorado National Monument is the closest park you can visit but entry fees for all the 129 other National Park Service (NPS) sites across the country that charges admission will be free.

Ray Michaels

Visiting the Monument during winter gives the place an entirely different look.  The white dusted over the red rock and green pinyon pines is a breathing contrast.

Ray Michaels

So load up the family and take a little drive though our closest, and in my opinion, the coolest National Park attraction around.

Ray Michales

Remember to mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • February 20: Presidents' Day.
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week.
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday.
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day.
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend.

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