There are a lot of free things you can do in a state like Colorado. You can camp under the brightest stars or hike up the highest peak, without ever dropping a dime.
And if you remember these dates, you can save some money on seeing these normally paid attractions. From national parks to world class museums, Colorado offers complimentary admission on regular dates throughout the season, each and every year. Get free entry all day at the Denver Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Art Museum, Museum of Nature & Science, and Colorado’s four National Parks.
Dates are subject to change. Here are the Free Days in 2020 at Denver Area Attractions:
Free Days at National Parks
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Photo: Damian Manda
These are good for all National Park Service entrance fees, including national monuments, forest day-use areas and the major four parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National. Learn more about Colorado’s federal lands. It the same across the country, in case, you’ve been looking to check our Yellowstone or Glacier.
Free Admission at Colorado National Parks:
January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 18: First day of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day
Free First Saturdays at Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Castle
Denver Art Museum. Photo: Jesse Varner
The museum generally offers complimentary days each first Saturday, sponsored by Target and the citizens who support the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. There’s a lot to see here, including nine departments ranging from Western art to New World. Learn more about the Denver Art Museum.
Free Admission at Denver Art Museum:
Sat, January 4
Sat, February 1
Sat, March 7
Sat, April 4
Sat, May 2
Sat, June 6
Sat, August 1
Sat, September 5
Sat, October 3
Sat, November 7
Sat, December 5
Free Days at Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo: Dave Dugdale
Tickets are free for Colorado residents thanks to funding from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. This year round attraction features a huge tropical dome, so you can see lush greens in the heart of February. Learn more about the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Free Admission at York Street:
Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Monday, Feb. 17 (President’s Day)
Sunday, March 22 (World Water Day)
Sunday, April 19 (Earth Day)
Tuesday, June 23
Monday, July 13
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
Free Admission at Chatfield Farms:
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday, June 2
Tuesday, July 7
Tuesday, Aug. 4
Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day)
Free Days at Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo Camels
Denver Zoo camels. Photo: Steve
The zoo free days allow access during normal admission hours from 10am to 4pm in the winter, and 9am to 5pm in the summer. The park stays open one hour past these times. This massive wildlife attraction spotlights around 4000 animals and 650 species. Learn more about the Denver Zoo.
Free Admission at Denver Zoo:
Friday, January 10
Saturday, January 18
Sunday, February 2
Thursday, April 9
Tuesday, October 20
Tuesday, November 10
Saturday, November 14
Free Days at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Museum Nature Science
Any day is a good day to explore around the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Throughout the year the museum holds many free days, along with special member pricing and discounts. Located beside the Denver Zoo, this world class nature and science museum provides interactive exhibits for all ages.
Free Admission at DMNS:
Monday, January 6
Sunday, January 26
Monday, February 10 (Darwin Day)
Sunday, February 23
Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
Sunday, May 31
Wednesday, July 1 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 12 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2 (Free Night- Admission free from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Monday, September 21
Sunday, October 11
Sunday, December 6
Other Free Admission Days at Denver Area Museums
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Clyfford Still Museum. Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil
There are many other Denver museums that host free days. Others charge very little or are free to start. Here are a few more free admission dates at Denver Metropolitan museums.