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DENVER – Looking for a gift for family, friends or co-workers who love the outdoors? A Colorado State Parks Annual Pass is a gift of outdoor cheer that lasts all year and doesn’t require a shopping trip. The passes are available online at The annual passes provide free access for everyone in the vehicle to all 42 state parks throughout 2012.

Colorado State Parks offer settings of natural beauty across the state, nearly every kind of outdoor recreation – boating, camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and sledding – and special programs for youngsters and adults. Check your holiday giving list for people who love the outdoors or enjoy the recreational fun at Colorado State Parks.

The annual pass is $70 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. For additional information or to order a pass over the phone, call 303-866-3437.

Need more holiday giving ideas? Gift certificates, which can be used for annual and daily passes, dog off-leash area passes at Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks and overnight stays in cozy cabins and yurts, are popular gifts and stocking stuffers. Purchase online for $5, $10, $25, $35, $60 or $70 or buy in any amount at a Colorado State Park office. The gift certificates are also good for reservation fees. And, Colorado State Park gift certificates never expire.

The annual passes are also available all Colorado State Parks, at the Colorado State Parks Denver office, the southeast region office in Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain region office in Clifton near Grand Junction, and the Littleton office. The passes are also available at many King Soopers, Safeway, City Market, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Gander Mountain and REI stores. Visit for a complete list of retail outlets.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit

Everything that brings people to Hyalite Canyon, part of the Gallatin National Forest in southwestern Montana, — camping, fishing, and hiking, to name a few – is still available in spades.

But one campsite, Hood Creek Campground, is closed and parking spaces in the day use area and the Blackmore trailhead parking lots have been taken up by construction equipment and material.

It’s closed for a $425,000 reconstruction project at Hood Creek Campground, a 29-campsite area that sits along Hyalite Reservoir. The entire campground has been closed as contractors rip up fire rings and picnic tables in order to reconfigure the area.

The huge growth in use that Hyalite Canyon has seen in recent years – 1,400 cars traveled up the road on July 3 alone — has made the work necessary.

Bozeman District Ranger Lisa Stoeffler said,“So many of our campgrounds started as mom-and-pop things and they were never engineered.” “They kept getting user expanded and pushed and finally we said, ‘OK, this doesn’t work anymore.’”

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River watershed will open for the 2011 recreation season on Friday, March 18.

These are in addition to about 70 TVA day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations that are open year-round. Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming.

The season for most campgrounds runs through Nov. 14. Three sites will remain open a month longer through Dec. 12: Douglas Dam Headwater Campground, Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground and Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground.

Campground opening times and additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA reservoirs are available by calling 800-882-5263 or visiting

TVA campgrounds that will open on March 18 are:

  • Cherokee Dam Campground – Cherokee Reservoir near Morristown, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Headwater Campground – Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground – Douglas Reservoir near Dandridge, Tenn.
  • Foster Falls Campground – Marion County, Tenn.
  • Melton Hill Dam Campground – Melton Hill Reservoir near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Barton Springs Campground – Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn.
  • Loyston Point Campground – Norris Reservoir near Norris, Tenn.
  • Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground – Pickwick Reservoir near Savannah, Tenn.
  • Watauga Dam Tailwater Campground – Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Mallard Creek Campground – Wheeler Reservoir near Rogersville, Ala.
  • Wilson Dam Rockpile Campground – Wilson Reservoir near Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Camping with campfires is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, imported firewood can spread pest infestations that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that is cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.

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