Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy winter holiday season, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites people to escape the stress of shopping and plan to spend time outdoors.

On Friday, Nov. 26, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers free entry to all Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday.

This year marks the 7th annual Fresh Air Friday event that encourages people to take some time over Thanksgiving weekend to create new outdoor memories and live life outside. A Fresh Air Friday celebration can be as big or as small of an outdoor adventure as you choose. To begin planning your outdoor experience, visit the Colorado state park finder or use the free Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) mobile app to discover local parks, trail systems and open spaces.

Visitors should be aware that Friday, Nov. 26, is a state holiday and some park visitor centers may not be open or fully staffed. Enforcement personnel will be patrolling the parks but some visitor services may be limited.

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