Colorado is world renowned for its wide array of outdoor recreation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife strives to make sure that everyone can access our special places and activities. Here are some of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs available to people with disabilities:
Columbine Park Pass
The Columbine Park Pass offers access to Colorado's state parks for Colorado residents who have a total and permanent disability. The Columbine Pass is $14 per year and is transferable between vehicles as long as the pass holder is present.
Upcoming parks pass for resident disabled veterans: Senate Bill 20-069 was passed in March 2020, authorizing CPW to issue passes to residents with Colorado Disabled Veterans license plates. We are currently working on regulations; please continue to check this page for updates. We expect the pass to be available in August 2020.
Accessible Fishing Locations
Colorado Parks and Wildlife maintains a list of accessible fishing locations. Select the region below to find accessible fishing access near you:
Disabled Resident Lifetime Fishing License
Colorado residents who are totally and permanently disabled can apply for a free lifetime fishing license.
Facility-based Fishing License
Mental health institutions that provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care to patients can apply for a Facility-based Fishing License that covers all their patients. The license is good for the calendar year in which it was issued and must be renewed each year. The license is not available for "day care" facilities. For information about the program call 303-291-7235 or complete the
Facility-based Fishing License Application.
Disabled Veteran Lifetime Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combo License
Military veterans who are disabled and residents of Colorado are eligible to apply for a lifetime fishing and small game combo license. The veteran must have proof of service-connected disability, with an overall-combined rating of 60% or more by the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Purple Heart recipients are also eligible to apply for the combo license. Hunter education requirements must still be met to obtain the small game license.
Disabled First Responder Lifetime Program
First Responders who are residents of Colorado and have a permanent occupational disability or disease as a result of their official duties are eligible to apply for a free lifetime fishing/small game license and parks pass. The first responder must have proof of a permanent occupational disability, as rated by the Fire and Police Pension Association. Peace officers and firefighters who are not with FPPA are eligible to apply via the affidavit on the application. Hunter education requirements must still be met to obtain the small game license.
Big Game Mobility-Impaired Hunting License Program
Hunting licenses are available for individuals with a mobility impairment resulting from a permanent medical condition that makes it physically impossible for them to hunt without assistance. Evidence of mobility impairment may include, but is not limited to, prescribed use of a wheelchair, shoulder or arm crutches, walker, two canes, or other prescribed medical device or equipment.
See the Mobility-Impaired Hunting License Request Form to apply. Applications may be submitted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approved program members: each year's list of available hunt codes is mailed to approved program members after the Big Game Primary Draw.
Habitat Stamp Exemption
Any person who holds a Disabled Resident Lifetime Fishing License; Disabled Veteran Lifetime Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combo License; or is approved for the Big Game Mobility-Impaired Hunting License Program is exempt from the
Habitat Stamp requirement.
ADA Accommodation Permits for Hunters with Disabilities
Hunters with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), may request accommodation permits to participate in wildlife recreation activities. Applicants are granted accommodation permits based on their disability's impact on their daily major life functions, not on their ability to participate in specialized activities such as hunting.
Other Accommodations and/or Services (Not Related to Hunting)
If you need Sign Language Interpretation, Assistive Listening Equipment or require other ADA accommodation services unrelated to hunting, please complete and submit the Reasonable Request Form.
(Exception: Requests for Hunter Education Classes have a separate request form and require at least 15 days notice prior to the class.)
The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) receives federal financial assistance from multiple bureaus within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as amended), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age. In addition, CPW adheres to all antidiscrimination laws of the state of Colorado. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any CPW program, activity, or facility, please review our Nondiscrimination and Grievance Procedure to file a complaint.