Enjoy free educational programs, arts and crafts, refreshments and more. See below for details.
Browse our gift shops and finish checking off your Christmas list with a unique book, toy or t-shirt. Or give the gift that keeps giving all year long and pick up an annual state park pass for the nature lover in your family. Gift certificates will also be available for purchase. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and come see what your local state park has to offer.
Saturday, Dec. 6 Lathrop State Park: Christmas Open House and Craft Bazaar
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Address: 70 County Rd. 502, Walsenburg Meet the new Park Manager Stacey Lewis and her staff. Then enjoy baked goods and hot cider while you browse lovely handmade gift items created by local artists. No parks pass required. Questions? 719-738-2376
Sunday, Dec. 7 Mueller State Park: Holiday Open House
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Address: 21045 Highway 67 South Take a nature hike, create a Christmas ornament and visit Santa at our cabins. Get up close and personal with birds of prey and enjoy free refreshments. Click link for details and program times. Parks pass required ($7 daily or $70 annual) Questions? 719-687-2366
Friday, Dec. 12 Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA): Holiday Open House
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Address: 307 W. Sackett Ave, Salida Make a bird feeder out of recyclables and visit with special guest Arlene Shovald and Bob Hickey. Shovald is a local author and Hickey is a well known naturalist at AHRA. Take advantage of a 10% discount on merchandise from the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association's sales outlet. No parks pass required. Parking is free. Questions? 719-539-7289
Saturday, Dec. 13 Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Holiday Open House
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Address: 410 JL Ranch Heights, Colorado Springs Take a break and relax with stories by the fire or release some stress with a free relaxation massage. For the more adventurous there is a scavenger hunt, craft making, and face painting. Free hot beverages and snacks will be provided. Park merchandise on sale, 20% off. No park pass required. Questions? 719-576-2016