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Colorado State Park Pass

Post By: Wattzz      Posted: 3/13/2019 2:17:53 PM     Points: 12995    
Thought this was kind of interesting, We have options....

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With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​, CPW is able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our​ conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid ou​t in the bill. ​​​​​​​​​​​​
Daily, annual and walk-in park pass fees are changing in 2019. Learn more about the 2019 park pass ​fee adjustments​ and visit our Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page​ for additional information​.​

​� Park Pass Updates

Annual Hangtag Passes

2019 brings a new annual hangtag pass option.

​​New annual hangtag passes are associated with an individual purchaser instead of a vehicle. This means that the hangtag pass can be moved between vehicles as long as the passholder is present.

Clear, recyclable hangtags are available at all 41 state parks and all CPW offices. If you purchase your pass online or at ​other license agents, you can pick up your hang tag on your first park visit.


​Which Parks Pass is right for you?

Click on the parks pass name to learn about purchasing requirements and options (including replacing lost or damaged passes).

Daily Passes

• Daily Parks Pass - $8-10 per vehicle

• Tow Vehicle Pass - No fee for vehicle under-tow at time of entry. Motor home still requires paid parks pass.

Annual Passes

• Annual Affixed Vehicle Pass - $80 per vehicle. Our Annual Pass can now be purchased at any time of year and is valid for a full 12 months of use. The pass is good through the last day of the month, one year from purchase. Purchase it online today!

•Annual Hang Tag Pass​ - $120 per person. These passes are associated with an individual purchaser instead of a vehicle, which means that the hangtag pass can be moved between vehicles as long as the passholder is present. ​​​

•Annual Affixed Vehicle or Hang Tag Multiple Pass - $40 per vehicle. After purchase of Annual Pass, vehicles in same household are eligible for a discounted multiple pass.​

• Aspen Leaf Pass - $70 per vehicle (CO Residents 64 years or older). The Aspen Leaf pass is available for purchase at any time of year and is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

• Aspen Leaf Multiple Pass​ - $35 per vehicle. After purchase of Aspen Annual Pass, senior must be in whole or part owner of additional vehicles to be eligible for a discounted multiple pass.

 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: Mar. 13, 2:32:15 PM     Points: 1695    
$120 for a pass to move between vehicles is insane. I don't know why they don't do a card like the National Parks Pass.

Makes one consider doing something like this. [log in for link]
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:21:30 PM     Points: 44410    
The hang tag is cool. Problem is we're already forgetting what vehicle it's in or forgetting to grab it before we leave. It sucks getting to the lake the realizing you forgot it.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:30:36 PM     Points: 162    
I think the $120 hang tag is a great idea. It's $80 for the first car. It's $40 for a second car with the same owner. I dont recall ever needing to take two of my cars to a state oark at the same time. It was just a minor incinvenience because I always had to make sure my wife wasn't using the car with the pass. What if you have friends who fish occasionally but you car pool with them form time to time? The hang tag has you covered. I can car pool with other people and I don't have to put miles on my car all the time because I have free loader friends. Alright, you want to use my park pass and my boat?
That's cool. But we should at least drive your car. :)
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:32:33 PM     Points: 1864    
I agree Ryan, pretty crazy price. FYI, using that sticker shield you linked on your parks pass is illegal here in CO. The law states that the parks pass must be affixed to the windshield using its own adhesive. It's stupid, but it's the law. :-\
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:49:50 PM     Points: 47238    
^^ this is correct. The parks pass was always a pain to scrape off the window so I put it in a plastic ID holder and taped to my window.

11 Mile Ranger made me take it out of ID holder and apply to window.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Mar. 13, 3:57:22 PM     Points: 162    
And now for an extra $40, no one has to do illegal stuff... I'd say the peace of mind alone is worth it. :)
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Mar. 13, 4:48:51 PM     Points: 1981    
I wonder what’s going to happen when my November 2018 parks pass fades to the point it’s no longer readable? It’s almost there now. The “new” pass format was a really bad idea compared to earlier passes where they punched out the date instead of printing it. Anyone else experiencing this problem? Just curious.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Mar. 13, 4:54:25 PM     Points: 1864    
The irony here is the new passes are not self-adhesive.

Skiman, yeah, every one of the new passes I've seen does that. Usually unreadable within 2-3 months. Apparently, they can look you up by license plate now though. This means the ranger can check your pass without even getting out of their vehicle...
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Mar. 13, 6:28:45 PM     Points: 1981    
^^^ How convenient!
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: Mar. 14, 10:24:26 AM     Points: 851    
I was at Crawford and when I checked in my pass was unreadable. They gave me a new pass even though my pass expires in May.
 Reply by: bhooker      Posted: Mar. 14, 5:19:52 PM     Points: 0    
So at Cherry Creek they could make a hang tag to hang on there handle bars for bicycles who ride in.
 Reply by: reddave      Posted: Mar. 14, 9:14:02 PM     Points: 5353    
I taped my 2018 parks pass to the windshield assuming that was the right thing to do. It faded in about 6 weeks tops. I hope they are checking by plate number - but on several occasions I was planning to show my non-faded copy at the gate. I didn't even get to stop before my blank green square was spotted, and I was waved on.

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