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Parks pass and camping permit fee changes go into effect Tuesday

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Rebecca Ferrell

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will modify its state parks entrance fees and camping permit fees beginning January 1, 2019. This is the first increase to park entry fees since 2010.

Daily Vehicle Pass $8 - $9

  • At Cherry Creek, Chatfield, and Boyd Lake State Recreation Areas, and Eldorado Canyon State Parks each daily vehicle pass is $9 (An additional Cherry Creek Basin Water Authority fee of $1 applies for Cherry Creek State Park.)

Individual Daily Pass $4

  • Applies for any person entering Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area , Barr Lake, Crawford, Colorado State Forest State Park, Eldorado Canyon, Elkhead Reservoir, Harvey Gap, Highline Lake, James M. Robb - Colorado River, Lory, Pearl Lake, Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls, Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Sweitzer Lake, Sylvan Lake, Trinidad Lake, Vega and Yampa River State Parks, except those entering the park in a motor vehicle with a valid annual parks pass or state parks annual hang tag pass.

Annual Affixed Vehicle Pass $80

NEW State Parks Annual Hang Tag Pass $120

  • State parks annual hang tag passes are issued to individuals, not vehicles, and can be moved between vehicles. Only one vehicle at a time can use an annual hang tag pass.

Dog Off-leash Daily Pass $3

Dog Off-leash Annual Pass $25

The price of the annual Columbine Annual Pass and Centennial Annual Pass will remain $14 per pass, and commercial daily pass costs also remain unchanged in 2019.

Camping permit fees also change beginning Jan. 1. Rather than having a single pricing structure statewide, parks now have the flexibility to set prices for campsites based on historical occupancy and demand, and other camping opportunities in the area. Campers should use the CPW Park Finder to see camping permit fees at individual parks when planning camping trips in Colorado's state parks in 2019.  Several parks are now using a reservation-only system, which means reservations must be made to hold a campsite; self-service permits are no longer valid.