Free dates vary, allowing multiple park visitation opportunities

Kansas state parks offer a variety of scenic landscapes, from the Ozarkian forests of Crawford State Park in eastern Kansas to the rugged High Plains oasis known as Scott State Park in the west. Free Park Entrance Days offer Kansans an opportunity to sample that variety and save money at the same time.

During free entrance days, park visitors may forego the normal vehicle entrance fees required during the rest of the year. It’s an opportunity for Kansans to rest, relax, and rejuvenate themselves in some of the most aesthetic environments in the Sunflower State.

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, boating, and wildlife watching are just a few of the recreational experiences offered at all state parks. Camping fees still apply, but Free Park Entrance Days allow everyone a prime opportunity to sample each of the state’s 23 parks. Following is a schedule of Free Park Entrance Days in 2006:

• Oct. 28 -- Elk City
• Nov. 4 -- Glen Elder

For more information or to obtain a free guide to Kansas state parks, contact Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ Pratt Office (620/672-5911), or visit the KDWP website's State Parks pages for more information.