Free admission day at national parks

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COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, Colo. (KKCO) The National Park Service turned 97 years old and celebrated with a free admission day.

The Colorado National Monument did not charge visitors who came up to enjoy the park Sunday.

The wet weather deterred some people, but visitors who were up for some rainy recreation were able to take breaks in the visitor center with educational activities and films.

6-year-old Maggie Dooley, of New Jersey, spent some time drying off while also studying to become a junior ranger.

"I was getting really wet outside so I decided to come in here," Dooley said. "Then I met the lady over there who said would you like to become a junior ranger?"

Dooley said she wouldn't let the rain completely keep her from exploring the Monument.

"I can see animals here that I don't get to see where I live and I can see plants that I haven't seen before," she said.