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national park service logoNational Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.  All 401 national parks are expected to reopen today, as well as dozens of programs that preserve nature and historic sites and improve access to outdoor recreation in local communities around the country.

“America’s 401 national parks are open for business!” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The professional men and women of the National Park Service are waiting to greet visitors with open arms and help you have the time of your life in these national treasures.  Please come out and enjoy the Fall in some of the most spectacular places on the planet.”

At all national parks across the country, from Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California to Acadia National Park in Maine, tour roads, trails, visitor centers and other facilities will reopen, interpretive and educational programs will resume and permits will be issued for special activities.  Park concession facilities and other park partners are also expected to start to resume operations today.  For information on a specific park, visit the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov.

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MONTROSE, Colo. – Stage II fire bans, issued by five western Colorado counties, have been implemented at CrawfordNavajoPaonia,Ridgway and Sweitzer Lake State Parks. The Stage II fire restrictions, issued by Archuleta, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Ouray counties, prohibit wood or charcoal fires and limit cigarette smoking to inside vehicles or RVs. Compressed gas fires with an off switch are still allowed. Use of fireworks is always prohibited at Colorado State Parks.

Photo of Colorado Wild Fires

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“We hope everyone understands just how bad the fire danger is and recognizes the necessity of the fire bans,” said Kurt Mill, Northwest Regional Co-Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We will be strictly enforcing these county fire bans at state parks.”

With the fire danger high across the state, new fire bans are possible. Mill recommended that anyone who is planning a cookout or camp fire at a state park call ahead or check the park web site to learn about fire restrictions that may be in place.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

America’s State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor free, guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day 2012. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2012 at a state park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

America's State Parks First Day Hikes

America's State Parks First Day Hikes


“What better way to kick off the New Year than with a hike at a state park?” said Ruth Coleman, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle, for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day.”

“Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McNelly, NASPD’s Executive Director. “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”

America’s State Parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. From California to Maine, hikers can climb hills and mountain tops, walk along ponds and beaches, and traverse trails through forests, fields and prairies. Visitors can listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife tracks, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks. Many other states have offered outdoor recreation programs on New Year’s Day, however, this is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.

State park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit http://www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes and click on your state of interest to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

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