Free National Parks Days 2014

January 19th, 2014

Navajo Arch in Arches National Park

Navajo Arch in Arches National Park

133 of the 401 national parks charge an entrance fee but the National Park Service has a few free days a year. For 2014 the first free day is Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Day. You can find the parks that normally charge a fee but are free on these days on this list.

Free National Park Days 2014

  • January 20 -Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17 – Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20 – opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

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Latest Outdoor and Cycling Deals

February 18th, 2013

With Presidents weekend many cycling and outdoor stores are running deals. Many of these sales have great deals on winter gear as they make room for spring gear. Spring may be coming but at least here in Colorado we will hopefully will be getting some more snow.

Here are links to some of the deals. You can also search nearly 80 stores here on UltraRob.com to find the best deal on the gear you need.

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Free National Park Entry This Weekend

January 13th, 2012

Grand Canyon

All 397 national parks across the country are offering free admission this weekend, January 14 through 16, to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Camping probably isn’t on most people list of things to do at National Parks in snowy parts of the country for these free days but there’s still plenty to do in winter. Many National Parks such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone and Yosemite are good for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

More free National Park days in 2012

  • April 21-29 – National Park Week
  • June 9 – Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12 – Veterans Day weekend

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Baby Robins

June 21st, 2011

This spring we had a robin build a nest on our downspout. She hatched 4 eggs. Here are a few shots of the babies about a week before they flew away.

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Reality fix

June 20th, 2011


You might groan at the thought of another reality show, but this one has a contestant I want to cheer for.

Mark Burnett is the man behind a new summer reality show on ABC called “Expedition Impossible,” in which 13 teams of three will travel across mountains, deserts and rivers in Morocco.  Think “Amazing Race” without all the airport drama.

Among the 13 teams is one with Colorado connections. Erik Weihenmayer, from Golden, was the first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and also has climbed the Seven Summits.   

His teammates: Jeff Evans, from Boulder, a physician assistant, and soldier Ike Isaacson from Topeka, Kan.

Their team name: No Limits.  The show premieres June 23.

- Deb Acord

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Join the Movement

May 26th, 2011

Outdoor Nation Logo

It’s been called “the graying of the greens,” – members of outdoor and environmental groups are aging and younger people aren’t joining them.

A new youth-led movement aims to change that.  Outdoor Nation is hosting five multi-day summits in five cities this summer to address regional outdoor issues and engage more young people in the outdoors.

Denver is one of the cities – ON delegates from around the country will be there July 22-24. Delegates are still needed – interested 18- to 28-year-olds can apply at www.outdoornation.org   The 250 Denver delegates will develop action plans; the best idea will be given $10,000 to get it started.  Lodging, food and activities will be covered for each delegate.

-Deb Acord

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Extreme Adrenaline Rush in Moab

March 4th, 2011


I got sweaty palms just watching this video.

This is what highliners do when they get bored. They create giant swings in the Canyons of Moab.

I’ve bungee jumped twice and got pretty disoriented. It seems like it would be easy to slam into a canyon wall but maybe they rocks aren’t as close as they appear. In any case it would be an extreme adrenaline rush.

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Visit National Parks and Monuments Free

January 14th, 2011

Grand Canyon

One of the highlights of my summers as a kid was going on road trips to national parks. Just last week we were at the Grand Canyon and showed it to our kids for the first time.

The last couple years the government has been having free days at national parks and monuments. Last week Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the free days for this year. The first days are this weekend including Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

Park and monument entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees are waived. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not free unless stated otherwise. Many national park concessioners will have special offers.

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

  • January 15-17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend
  • April 16-24 – National Park Week
  • June 21 – First day of summer
  • September 24 – Public Lands Day
  • November 11-13 – Veterans Day weekend

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Wingsuit Video

October 18th, 2010


Here’s a video of Jeb Corliss flying over some incredible terrain in a wingsuit. I’ve seen other wingsuit videos but this has the best scenery. The closest I’ve come to sky diving is bungee jumping. I think a wingsuit would be even more of an adrenaline rush than regular base jumping or skydiving since you’re flying so close to terrain. I’m not a fan of the music but that’s why there are volume controls.

via The Adventure Blog

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A New Path to the Forest (Service)

July 2nd, 2010

We all love a simplified website address but the federal government has never really bought into the idea of simple, until now. The U.S. Forest Service – Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands has launched a new site, and the address is simpler – www.fs.usda.gov/psicc

According to a press release, the Department of Agriculture is working to standardize its agencies’ websites.

The site includes information on recreation, notices, news announcements, permits and more.

- Deb Acord

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