USDA Forest Service celebrating National Get Outdoors Day with fee-free days at several locations

Chimney Rock National Monument, San Juan National Forest included


The next fee-free day for the USDA Forest Service will be Saturday, June 8, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

All day-use fee sites on national forests and grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region, such as Chimney Rock National Monument on the San Juan National Forest, Mount Blue Sky on the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests and Pawnee National Grassland, and Vedauwoo Recreation Area on the Medicine Bow and Routt national forests, will be free to all visitors on National Great Outdoors Day. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, or other permits still apply, and fees will continue to be charged at day-use fee sites operated by concessionaires, unless individual managers choose to participate.

The USDA Forest Service offers six fee‐free days throughout the year to encourage the exploration of public lands: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, National Get Outdoors Day in June, Juneteenth, National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day.

“The Rocky Mountain Region is a beautiful place to enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities on public lands that contribute to overall health and well-being, including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping and picnicking,” said Steve Lohr, acting regional forester.

As with all recreational activities, visitors should consider best-practices to stay safe. Know before you go. Be prepared with the appropriate clothing, UV protection, gear, food and water before venturing out in hot conditions. Be aware of wildfire risks and smokey conditions. Numerous online resources and interactive maps are available to help plan your outing. For additional outdoor safety tips, visit