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Hike Bob: Keep Colorado Wild Pass Creates Many Policy Changes | Hike bob









The wild pass of Keep Colorado, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2023, will add a $29 fee to vehicle registrations and in turn serve as a year-round pass for all Colorado state parks. Currently, the regular price for a state park annual pass is $80 for a single vehicle or $120 for a hang tag that can be used for all vehicles in the same family. Daily passes cost between $9 and $11 per day per vehicle, depending on location. There are cheaper annual options for seniors ($70/year) and low-income families ($14/year). Disabled military and Colorado first responders are eligible for free admission year-round. Vehicle owners who do not want a Keep Colorado Wild Pass can opt out when they check in their vehicle. A symbol on the vehicle registration will serve as proof that a Keep Colorado Wild Pass has been purchased.

In the event that someone purchased an annual parks pass and then registers their car with a Keep Colorado Wild pass before the original pass expires, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will refund, on a prorated basis. , the cost of the original parks pass. The refund option is only valid for annual passes less than nine months old, and the refund program is only valid for 2022 and 2023. Annual passes purchased after January 1, 2024 will not be eligible for not be reimbursed. Annual passes at regular price ($80 or $120) will still be available. For more information on the refund policy, click here.

Some of Colorado’s “high-use” state parks, such as Roxborough, Castlewood Canyon, and Lake Pueblo, charged an additional $1 or $2 on top of the basic daily admission fee of $9. Starting in 2023, the daily admission fee to all state parks will increase to $10.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife receives no regular tax-based funding, so it relies on park entrance fees, camping fees, hunting and fishing licenses, boat and ATV registrations, as well as federal grants, lottery money and other funds for its operations. At $29, the Keep Colorado Wild Pass will pay for itself after just three state park visits, and CPW hopes most people recognize the value of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass, choose to keep the fee when checking in their vehicles and will result in an increase in overall funding for state parks.


The ascent and the marathon of Pikes Peak races will be held this weekend and that means closures.

The summit of Pikes Peak will be closed for Ascension on Saturday the 17th to all visitors to the Pikes Peak Highway until 10 a.m. The North Slope Recreation Area will be closed until 7:30 a.m. and Manitou Incline will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Manitou Incline will be closed all day Sunday 18 for the Marathon. Pikes Peak Highway and North Slope Recreation Area will not be affected.


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