CPW offers no-cost entry in appreciation for those who serve or have served our country. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is offering all active-duty military and veterans free entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks during the entire month of August. This annual program is designed to show appreciation for all that our military forces do for the country.

"We deeply appreciate our active duty service members and veterans for their service to our nation," said Dan Prenzlow, director of CPW. "There’s no way to ever thank our military members enough for their service and sacrifice, but CPW is proud to offer free entry to our parks this month as a chance to get out and spend time in Colorado’s great outdoors."

In order to get free admission for the month of August, all military personnel honorably discharged, discharged under honorable conditions, or with general discharge, as well as active duty, reservist, and National Guard personnel are eligible to obtain a military hang-tag pass for their vehicle. Please note that while entrance fees are waived, additional activities such as fishing, camping, etc. require a license or reservations. 

Proof of service must be presented at any CPW office or state park to obtain a pass. Please bring one of the following documents for confirmation:

  • Active, retired, or veteran military identification cards 
  • DD Form 2 
  • DD Form 2765 
  • DD214 with the discharge annotated "honorable", "under honorable conditions," or "general" 
  • Veterans Affairs medical card   
  • A current and valid Colorado Driver’s License or state-issued identification card with the word 'Veteran' printed on it as specified in 42-2-303 (5)(a), C.R.S
    • A military seal on a driver’s license does NOT satisfy the requirement for military ID for this pass

CPW hopes that the free pass will encourage our active and veteran military members to relax, recharge, and truly enjoy the freedom they all stand for.

"We wouldn’t have these beautiful natural resources and open spaces to enjoy without the sacrifice of so many veterans and current active duty service members, so we hope that these folks and their families and friends are able to spend some quality time with us in August," said Prenzlow.

Visit the CPW Park Finder to locate a state park near you.