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Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries
Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries
2016 Hang Tag

​​​​​​​​​​About the Program​

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Starting June 20, 2016, libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.​

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Library backpack and pass

3 Easy Steps to Adventure
  1. ​​​Use the pass to get into a state park for FREE.

  2. Use the backpack to explore a nearby state park 
    and see what you can learn.

  3. Share a photo with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter 
    or Insta​gram.

Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight.

To plan your trip, use the parks brochure​ or park finder​​.​​

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​​​How to Use​​

  • The park pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days.
  • The pass is is a hang tag for the rear view mirror and must be visible in the library patron's car.​​
  • The pass does not give any discounts for camping, programs, licenses, etc.​​​
  • The backpack includes binoculars, a wildlife viewing guide, a tree and wildflower identification guide, a park brochure, suggested activities list and the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics principles.

​Participating Libraries

Visit your local library or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you.