Colorado Parks and Wildlife has begun promoting the Keep Colorado Wild Pass. How it works?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has begun notifying Colorans about its new Keep Colorado Wild Pass for state parks as it nears its unveiling in 2023.

In March, the Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a price of $29 for the pass, and funding for the pass goes to wildlife habitat protection initiatives, search and rescue programs, avalanche awareness and outdoor learning programs. Passes can be used to enter any state park in Colorado.

The Keep Colorado Wild Pass, created by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows holders entry to any state park such as Sylvan Lake, pictured here.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Courtesy Photo

“With this award approved, we could start working with the Department of Revenue and (software company) Aspira on the computer programming side,” said Katie Lanter, policy and planning supervisor for parks and wildlife. . “We’ve also expanded our marketing materials, and we’ve also begun working with Upstream Consulting to publish engagement information to disproportionately affected communities.”

How can I get one?

Currently, the only way to obtain a pass would be during vehicle registration beginning in 2023. A $29 fee will be added to each vehicle registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, unless that the owner does not withdraw. Residents may decline the pass when registering a vehicle with the DMV online, through a kiosk, by mail, or by notifying a customer service representative at the offices.

Keep Colorado Wild Passes are not transferable between vehicles and are tied to the license plate and vehicle registration card.

To use the pass, show your vehicle registration card which shows your purchase to parks and wildlife staff at any staffed entrance station. If there are no staff at the entrance, you can enter the park knowing that you may be checked for proof of purchase while in the park.

Val Nosler Beck, founder of Upstream Consulting (which has worked with Parks and Wildlife to conduct public outreach) said Parks and Wildlife leaders are working to engage underserved communities. This included working with family resource centers and other groups to gather ways to communicate information about how best to advertise passes.

“We wanted to reach communities that don’t always get this information,” Beck said.

What’s new?

On Thursday, the Commission approved several updates to the pass. The first is that because the pass is available on the Department of Motor Vehicle registration card, it does not need to be shown in the car window like other passes.

An option has also been added for the pass to display in a division-sponsored mobile app. A free pass has also been added to the purchase of any fee-exempt military plate.

The third change clarifies that all state parks and recreation areas require a visitor who enters without a motor vehicle to purchase a pass, except in exempt parks, and with the receipt of any annual pass or a copy of the individual’s vehicle registration with Keep Colorado Wild. The pass can be used as an annual non-motorized vehicle pass.

“(Another change) creates an individual non-motor vehicle annual pass priced at $29 and clarifies that up to four people, ages 15 and older, can access the park with the individual annual pass for non-motorized vehicle,” Parks and Wildlife Regulatory Officer Hilary Hernandez said.