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Posted on: December 12, 2022

Registering your car in 2023 gets you a Colorado state parks pass

Group of kids walking on a trail in a state park

New program helps fund critical wildlife, search and rescue and avalanche safety programs

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, Coloradoans will automatically be issued a one-year Keep Colorado Wild Pass when registering a new vehicle or renewing their registration. The new, $29-dollar pass is the result of bipartisan legislation passed by the Colorado Legislature in April 2021, which supports Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

What It Is

The pass provides car, bike and foot entry into all Colorado state parks. When you register or renew registration for your vehicle, your registration card will include a Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo to indicate you have a valid parks pass.

How It Will Work

A $29 pass fee will be added to vehicle registration/renewal fees when registering/renewing registration with the Colorado DMV online, at a kiosk, via mail or with a customer service representative. The pass is linked to the vehicle and is not transferable. All other state park passes will still be available, such as the Centennial Pass for income-qualifying residents.

What If I Already Have a Parks Pass/Don't Want the Pass?

Customers will have an option to decline the pass when they complete their transaction using any of the methods mentioned above. 

More Details

The $29 fee offers a 60% savings over the cost of a traditional Colorado Parks and Wildlife pass. The goal of the program is to fund state park maintenance and development, search and rescue teams, avalanche safety programs, and wildlife preservation efforts. 

Learn more about the Keep Colorado Wild Pass and view a list of FAQs at the CPW website.

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