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Parks passes: Giving the gift of the Great Outdoors

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Colorado’s outdoors makes a great holiday gift for family, friends, teacher and everyone on your shopping list. Avoid the mall madness and shop online for gifts starting at $5.
    Want a few ideas?  The parks’ passes are good all year at all 42 Colorado state parks and the gift certificates never expire. A subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine offers the inside scoop on hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing from experts. There are dozens of nature-inspired gifts from cook books to fishing guides, from jewelry to stocking stuffers, and from clothing to toys.
    There are many wonderful books available. Renowned photographer John Fielder has two new books, with hundreds of new pictures, in time for holiday gift giving - a guide to Lottery-funded outdoor resources and a celebration of 20 years of Great Outdoors Colorado accomplishments.  Frank Weston’s book with spectacular pictures, Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas, is an annual favorite.
    To shop online, visit the parks’ e-Store or Shop Outdoors. Or visit your local state park’s holiday open house to enjoy holiday treats and enjoy a few discounts.
    The gifts support Colorado Parks and Wildlife, celebrate Colorado’s beautiful outdoors and last through the year.
    Annual passes are also available at all Colorado state parks and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices in Denver and Littleton and the regional offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Junction and Durango. The annual passes can also be found at many King Soopers, Safeway, City Market, Sportsman’s Warehouse and REI stores. Please call your local retailer to verify availability.