Get back to nature with Fresh Air Friday

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RBC | Reclaim Nov. 29 by avoiding the shopping hysteria and getting outside for a breath of fresh air. On Fresh Air Friday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife welcomes visitors to any of our 41 state parks by providing free entry in what has become an annual tradition of encouraging Coloradans to get out and give thanks.

“Studies have shown that spending time outside, no matter the activity, is great for your health,” said Dan Prenzlow, Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We’re actively encouraging folks to enjoy their natural surroundings with family and friends rather than participate in the usual shopping frenzy. After all, the Colorado outdoors are the best deal out there.”

However you decide to get outdoors this Fresh Air Friday, CPW has the tools to make it an easy, stress-free experience for the whole family. Discover your new favorite state park with our state park finder (, plan a short stroll or thorough post-Thanksgiving workout with our free COTREX trails app (, find a secluded fishing spot with our CPW Fishing App (, or have fun with the kids with Generation Wild’s 100 Things to Do Before You’re 12 list (

To help conserve our natural spaces and keep them wild while recreating, please be sure to follow Leave No Trace Principles ( Be Colo-Ready with common-sense practices such as sticking to the trails and packing out all trash (including peels and cores), visiting less-visited and off-peak destinations, and keeping wildlife at a safe distance (use your zoom for photos and never feed wildlife!).

Special to the Herald Times