A $4 individual daily pass took effect this month at 16 additional Colorado state parks to ensure all visitors contribute to park maintenance.
The $4 individual daily pass targets hikers and bikers who enter a state park without a vehicle and is now a requirement at most of Colorado’s 42 state parks.
Spreading the costs of maintenance to all users of Colorado state parks is an equity issue and especially important this year in light of the heavy use parks have received during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New state parks now requiring the individual daily pass for non-vehicle entry include :Castlewood Canyon, Eleven Mile, Golden Gate Canyon, Jackson Lake, John Martin Reservoir, Lathrop, Mancos, Mueller, Navajo, North Sterling, Ridgway, Roxborough, Paonia, Spinney Mountain, Staunton and St. Vrain.
In November 2019, the Parks and Wildlife Commission added 16 state parks to the $4 individual daily pass requirement (Barr Lake, Crawford, Elkhead Reservoir, Harvey Gap, Highline Lake, James M. Robb – Colorado River, Pearl Lake, Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls, Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Sweitzer Lake, Sylvan Lake, Trinidad Lake, Vega, Yampa River).
The additional parks added in November 2020 make the requirements more consistent throughout the regions of the state.
Passes to Colorado state parks can be purchased at the park as well as online at cpwshop.com. Please note the individual daily pass is only for individuals accessing the park WITHOUT a motor vehicle. If you enter a park with a vehicle, or hold an annual pass, do NOT purchase this pass. To learn more about the types of passes available, visit CPW’s Park Entrance Pass Information Page.