Colorado state parks pass added to vehicle registration, prices at just $29

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is dropping the cost for the Keep Colorado Wild Pass to $29 in 2023, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

This year’s pass costs $84, but starting next year Coloradans will be charged $29 for the pass when they register a vehicle, unless they opt-out.

“I’m thrilled that the Keep Colorado Wild Pass will help save Coloradans even more money and help people experience our world-class state parks system and great outdoors,” Gov. Jared Polis said in the news release. “Drastically reducing the cost for an annual state parks and public lands pass from $80 per year to just $29 annually for unlimited access will save families and individuals money and ensure care for our treasured parks and public lands.”

The CPW Commission approved the new $29 cost at its meeting on Wednesday.

The idea is that the lower price point pass could offer more sustainable funding for Colorado’s state parks, allowing residents to invest in the outdoors.

“The pass is the single most impactful thing we can do as a state to protect our public lands while opening them up to more families from all different backgrounds and income levels, and I look forward to seeing it fully implemented next year,” said Colorado Senate president Steve Fenberg in a news release.

Officials say the Keep Colorado Wild Pass funds go directly toward park maintenance projects, search and rescue programs, avalanche awareness, wildlife conservation, and educational and equity programs.

“Whether you plan to visit our state parks or not, your purchase of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass is a generous and simple way to show you care about our outdoors, wildlife, lands and waters that make up the heartbeat of Colorado — and support those that manage it,” said CPW director Dan Prenzlow in a news release.

CPW will launch a formal educational campaign this summer, as outlined by Senate Bill 249.

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