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

About the "Check Out State Parks" Program

Image for Check Out Colorado State Parks 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. 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.

Survey Says - Continue the Program

Based on the positive survey data from the participant evaluations, library staff and park managers, Colorado Parks & Wildlife is continuing the "Check Out State Parks" program another year.

The library patron research, tabulated by the State Library and described in the info graphic, summarizes the positive stories and experiences the library patrons are enjoying while using the pass and backpacks. After expanding to the publicly funded college and university libraries last year, these were some of the most positive participation comments received. The research also supports the original goals of exposing new patrons to Colorado's 42 state parks and expanding library services offered.

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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 Instagram.

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:

How to Use

  • The park pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days.
  • The pass 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.