Starting January 1, 2019, Colorado Parks & Wildlife is upping admission charges and license fees.
In all 41 parks across the state, vehicles, individuals, and off-leash dogs will increase by $1. The change will also affect pricing for annual passes. This is the first time in many years that the park entry fees have been increased, and the money will go toward increased operating costs, adequate staffing and maintenance, and programming and services.
"Colorado's 41 state parks are unique in their locations, landscapes, and activities. While each park will work to make their most needed improvements and upgrades, you may expect changes such as additional staff on site, picnic area improvements, updated directional and interpretive signage, and added educational programs," said Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Daily passes are now up to $10 per vehicle, depending on the park; $4 for an individual and $3 for an off-leash dog. Annual vehicle passes are increasing from $70 to $80 while a hang tag that can be used on any vehicle will cost $120. The Aspen Leaf Annual Pass (64+) will increase by $10, as well.
"With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143, PW is able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the goals laid out in the bill, CPW said in a statement.
In addition, there will be price increases for resident fishing and hunting licenses, camping fees, picnic area permits, boating stamps, and more. You can see the new fee schedule on the CPW site. 2019 also saw 20 state parks move to a reservation-only camping system, with more slated to be included in the program.
If you aren't down with the extra dollars, there are special days throughout the year, as well as programs, that allow you to access your Colorado's numerous state and national parks! We've got the round-up of free park days to help you out!
Are you a state park frequenter? How do you feel about the CPW fee increase? Are you happy to pay or are you against the rate hike? Let us know in the comments below.