Did you know that Colorado is home to a whopping forty-two state parks, four of which are national parks? (In case you were curious, those parks are Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park.)
If you made a New Year’s resolution to go more places and do more things within this wondrous state we call “home,” keep scrolling for our 2022 guide to Colorado state park passes!
Because daily park passes cost between $4.00 and $11.00 per day (Prices vary based upon method of entry, particular parks, etc.), it may be more economical to purchase an annual pass if you plan on frequent visits.
Annual passes are available to families for a $120.00 fee as a tag that is transferable to vehicles within the same household, or as an affixed pass for use with one vehicle for $80.00 per vehicle. Further, with the purchase of a family pass or affixed pass, additional passes may be purchased for vehicles of individuals within the family or living in the same household for $40.00 per pass.
For more information on annual passes, please visit this page.
Passes for Seniors
Growing older is a rite of passage! Individuals 65 years of age or older may take advantage of the “Aspen Leaf Pass” for $70.00 per vehicle. While the pass has certain restrictions (For example, camping discounts are not valid on weekends or holidays.), these passes otherwise provide unlimited Colorado park access.
For more information on Aspen Leaf passes, please visit this page.
Passes for Disabled Individuals
Having a permanent and full disability can be especially devastating when it inhibits someone’s ability to participate in activities due to financial hardship. Columbine passes are available to those living with permanent and full disabilities who are subsequently on fixed incomes. These passes can be purchased for $14.00 each.
For more information on Columbine passes and/or to check eligibility, please visit this page.
Colorado supports our veterans! For individuals living with disabilities due to injuries sustained while in the service, Independence passes can be obtained at no cost following the fulfillment of certain requirements.
For more information on Independence passes and/or to check eligibility, please visit this page.
Colorado also values our first responders! Colorado first responders living with permanent occupational disabilities may obtain Blue Spruce passes, along with Lifetime Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combo licenses, free of charge.
For more information about the First Responder Lifetime Program and/or to check eligibility, please visit this page.
To those who have risked and continue to risk their lives for our freedom, in addition to the Columbine Pass, active-duty individuals and veterans can enjoy a variety of benefits within Colorado parks. Benefits include free admission to parks on Veteran’s Day and the month of August, plus discounts on hunting licenses, and more!
For more information and/or qualifications for active military and veteran benefits, please visit this page.
So, there you have it!
Daily passes, the passes listed above, and miscellaneous passes such as
Dog Off-Lease passes can be purchased here. Otherwise, passes may be purchased at the entrance to parks (Please note that day passes for those entering with a vehicle must be purchased this way.), and National park passes may also be purchased at REI locations.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go have an adventure!
From everyone here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!