Colorado’s natural resources have served as an important source of solace for so many people during the pandemic, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Library want all Coloradans to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer.
The Check Out State Parks program is a collaboration between state agencies that can help Coloradans visit state parks at no cost and experience everything the great outdoors has to offer through hands-on learning.
Nearly 300 Colorado libraries are participating in the Check Out State Parks program, including all public libraries, three military base libraries and publically funded academic libraries.
Local libraries offer one or two backpacks available for check out. Each backpack contains the following:
Annual Colorado State Park Pass for free park entry (hang tag)
Your Guide to Colorado’s State Parks
An activity ideas list
Leave No Trace – Outdoor Ethics Card
Educational materials: Fishing Basics Instruction Sheet, Colorado Trees and Wildflower Guide, Colorado Wildlife Guide, Colorado Birds Guide, and Night Sky Guide.
Library patrons can check out the backpack and park pass for up to seven days and use it to visit any Colorado state park.
In recognition of the need for all Coloradans to help protect our state’s natural resources while spending time enjoying them, Governor Jared Polis has proclaimed “Colorado Recreates Responsibly Week” Aug. 31 through Sept. 7. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly and participate in the #CareForColorado social movement to showcase how outdoor recreation can be balanced with mindful conservation in an effort to care for Colorado.
Responsible recreation includes respecting seasonal trail closures, not walking on or damaging vegetation, disposing of trash and waste, properly distinguishing campfires, not touching or feeding wildlife, and following trail etiquette to respect others.