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From the listings desk: If you plan on visiting some federal parkland this year, here are some dates to remember, since all fees will be waived courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies within the Department of the Interior:

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• June 5-6
• Aug. 14-15
• Sept. 25
• Nov. 11

The fee-free days are held in honor of the National Landscape Conservation System's 10th anniversary. NLCS encompasses more than 27 million acres and includes 886 "federally recognized areas," which are your National monuments, wilderness areas and the like.

The BLM manages NLCS lands within its 253 million acres (mostly in 12 Western states and Alaska), through the National System of Public Lands. For the sake of making things simpler, though, the BLM website has supplied users with a handy interactive map of conservation areas.

Mind you, these aren't the national parks we're talking about, but still significant landmarks, like these in our home state: Gunnison Gorge Wilderness, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and the Colorado section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

For more on the free days, click here.

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