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This week’s National Park Getaway comes ranger-recommended by a 10-year veteran of the National Park Service who sees Missouri National Recreational River as one of America’s greatest waterways.

Missouri National Recreational River protects 98 miles of relatively natural, free-flowing river in South Dakota and Nebraska and portions of two tributaries – 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River and eight miles of Verdigre Creek. The two sections of the mighty Missouri that Congress designated as Wild and Scenic flow fast and wide through sandstone and chalk bluffs where willows and cottonwoods, black oak and walnut trees flourish. Wildlife is abundant. Bald eagles, piping plovers and least terns are among those often seen along this significant flyway for migratory birds.

Visitors can find outstanding conditions for paddling, hiking, camping and fishing. In summer, ranger programs focus on the natural world, recreational opportunities and the historical connections of Plains Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark and steamboat captains such as Grant Marsh.

Paddlers can float downstream along the Wild and Scenic River portions of the “Big Muddy” starting from the Fort Randall or Gavins Point dams. Start your journey by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

WALSENBURG, CO. – Kick-off your spring activities with a camping trip to Lathrop State Park. Camping season will open on Thursday, March 15, on a walk-in basis. Camping reservations are accepted for May 11 through Sept. 15. For these dates, you can make reservations for your favorite campsite by going online to www.parks.state.co.us, or calling 1-800-678-2267 or, within the Denver Metro area, calling (303) 470-1144.

Lathrop State Park, Colorado’s first State Park, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, and will have special celebration activities on June 9, exactly 50 years from the date of its original dedication.  Lathrop State Park lies on a high plains grassland dotted with pinon and juniper and the majestic beauty of the Spanish Peaks. Lathrop is a popular place to enjoy summer boating, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking.

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 www.parks.state.co.us.

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 http://www.parks.state.co.us/Holiday/Pages/Holiday.aspx. 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 http://parks.state.co.us/ParksPasses/ 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 www.parks.state.co.us.

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