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Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries
Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries

​​​​​​​​​About the Program​

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

Starting October 1st, eight libraries across the state received two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with a backpack containing maps, brochures, binoculars, and other materials to library patrons. The ​first eight libraries are part of a pilot program that will run Oct 1, 2015 - May 15, 2016.  Pending a positive response to the program, CPW and the State Libraries intend to launch a statewide program sometime in l​ate June, 2016.  Please check back for more information at that time.

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​​.​​

​​​How to Use​​

​Participating Pilot Libraries

  • The backpack includes a wildlife viewing guide, pocket camping guide, compass, magnifying glass and more!
    See the backpack conten​​ts checklist.
  • Library patrons may check out the backpack and pass for up to 7 days.
  • The pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park.
  • The pass does not give any discounts for camping, programs, licenses, etc.
  • The pass is a hang tag and must be visible in the library patron's car.

More information

Read the news release, "8 Colo. libraries pilot CPW's park pass, backpack check-out program​," for more details.​​