NPS announces free days in 2019, County Parks looking for board members, Jackson Hole anti social media campaign, and more 

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The National Park Service has announced it's list of days in 2019 when the fees to enter NPS sites will be waived. The free entry days for the coming year are Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21; the first day of National Park Week, April 20th; National Park Service Anniversary, August 25th; National Public Lands Day, September 28th; and Veterans Day, November 11th.

Of the 418 National Park Service sites, only 115 charge an entry fee, while the remaining 303 sites are always free. The closest NPS site to Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, and events to commemorate the anniversary are being planned.

In regional parks news, the El Paso County Parks Department is looking for a volunteer to fill a vacancy in its Parks Advisory Board.  "The Park Advisory Board reviews and comments on items and proposals related to El Paso County Park’s policies, philosophies and objectives, and makes formal recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners," EPCP said a release. (disclaimer: I currently serve as the chair of this advisory board.) For more information, including how to apply, see this page.

In other news, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, has produced a video (below) asking the public to use discretion when geo-tagging the locations of photos that are taken there. As more and more users visit or outdoor recreation spots and use social media to tell their story, I expect that these kinds of campaigns will become more common.

And finally, in anticipation of the upcoming "Reimagine Waldo Canyon" Community Workshop on January 16th, the public is being asked to RSVP if they plan on attending so that organizers can make sure there is room for everyone.

Happy Holidays, and Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.


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