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You can get free admission to Colorado state parks on Black Friday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to get you out of the house and malls on Black Friday. They are offering free admission at all state parks the day after Thanksgiving.

Not interested in fighting crowds to gets 25 percent off a new TV the day after Thanksgiving?

Instead, you can spend the day outside in one of Colorado's state parks for free.

As part of a Great Outdoors Colorado initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering access to all 41 Colorado state parks for free on Black Friday this year.

The organizations are rebranding the day, "Fresh Air Friday," and encouraging people to spend time on Thanksgiving weekend making memories with loved ones by exploring the outdoors.

Along with free admission, several parks are hosting special events on Friday:

Chatfield State Park

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Meet at the top of the Chatfield State Park dam for a leisurely, flat 2-mile scenic walk. Leashed dogs are welcome! Please dress for the weather and bring water.

Elk Meadow Trail

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Want to avoid shopping centers today? Join us for Fresh Air Friday! Join Naturalist Cindi on a leisurely 4-mile hike on a favorite trail! Watch for winter birds and wildlife. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a snack.

Steamboat Lake

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We will have hot drinks and snacks at the visitor center all day. There will also be a guided hike at 1:00 p.m.

State Forest

All day

We will have hot drinks at the visitor center all day, and a scavenger hunt for the little ones!

Barr Lake

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We have a peaceful 3-mile stroll planned that is the perfect way to socialize with old friends and maybe make a few new ones, all while enjoying Mother Nature.

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