Jan 17, 2023 - News

What to know about the new state park pass

Chimney Rock, right, photographed at Staunton State Park in Pine. Photo: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images

Chimney Rock, right, photographed at Staunton State Park in Pine. Photo: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images

Your car registration is now your state park pass.

What to know: Starting this year, Colorado is automatically charging an extra $29 fee on annual motor vehicle registrations for a Keep Colorado Wild Pass that provides access to all 43 state parks. It is not transferable between vehicles.

  • You can opt out by unchecking a box online or telling the clerk at the motor vehicle office.
  • For a household with two cars, the cost is less than half the current $80-per-vehicle pass, or the $120 family pass.

Yes, but: If your auto registration isn't due any time soon, you'll need to buy a standard state park pass. Once your registration is updated with the parks and wildlife logo, you can request a refund for the remainder of your overlapping annual parks pass.

The intrigue: Many Coloradans are expected to opt out, based on rates in other states, and if so, the entire program could fall short of its revenue targets, the Colorado Sun reports.

  • The new fee is expected to generate between $22 million and $54 million, depending on opt-outs.
  • The money is earmarked for wildlife conservation, avalanche and backcountry safety, outdoor equity programs and new park projects.
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