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When you buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass, your pass is your vehicle registration card from the DMV with a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) logo printed on your card. No additional window sticker or receipt is required or provided.
Colorado residents can get a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass when registering a car, motorcycle, recreation vehicle or light truck through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The $29 pass is included in your registration total unless you choose to opt out.
As Coloradans, we treasure our outdoor lifestyle and the state’s natural beauty. Join us in keeping Colorado, Colorado. Your Keep Colorado Wild Pass is so much more than just a state park pass.
State Parks & Recreation- Your pass helps manage Colorado’s 42 state parks, which includes keeping them clean and building new trails and facilities.
Backcountry Safety- Your pass supports the volunteer and equipment needs of search and rescue professionals across Colorado and avalanche safety programs through the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Because of your support and the tremendous generosity of our search and rescue responders, Colorado will be a safer place to play.
Wildlife Conservation- Additional money raised not used for state parks and outdoor safety will be used to support the State Wildlife Action Plan, which helps fund wildlife and habitat conservation work for the 960 species that CPW manages.
Local Communities- Your pass supports our natural resources and helps grow outdoor accessibility and educational programs in local communities.
Our goal is to raise at least $36 million annually from pass sales. The first $32.5 million will go toward state park maintenance and development; the next $2.5 million will go towards search and rescue teams and $1 million to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Any revenue beyond that will go to wildlife projects and outdoor educational programs.
Simply show your vehicle registration card with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo to enter a park. The logo will appear on the card without your address printed. If the park entrance is not staffed, you can enter the park but may be asked to show your pass at any time.
*You will not receive a window sticker or other receipt in the mail. Do not display your vehicle registration on your dashboard.
Yes! Turn your Keep Colorado Wild Pass digital. Follow the steps below:
Yes. A Keep Colorado Wild Pass gives you access to state parks and recreation areas without a vehicle and up to three additional visitors aged 16 and older. Coloradans 16 years old or younger can visit state parks for free.
When you buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass through the DMV, the pass is linked to the specific car, motorcycle, recreation vehicle or light truck being registered. The pass is not transferable between vehicles. A pass should be purchased for any vehicle you want to use to enter a Colorado state park.
This pass does not grant access to federal recreation fee areas, state wildlife areas or state trust lands. Activities such as camping, fishing or hunting still require the appropriate reservations or licenses.
Yes. Link the Keep Colorado Wild Pass to a new or existing CPWshop.com customer account before you make your camping reservations. Follow the New CPWShop.com Customer Linking Guide or
Existing CPWShop.com Customer Linking Guide or contact the CPW Call Center at 303-297-1192 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. to Fri.).
Residents age 64 and older get a discounted camping rate ($3 per night) on Primitive, Basic, Electric, and Full Hookup sites, Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. The discounts will not be retroactively applied to the reservation.
Yes. CPW offers a $14 Centennial State Park Pass to income-eligible residents. Residents can opt out of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass during their vehicle registration and visit a CPW state park or office to purchase a Centennial State Park Pass.
You can opt out of the pass during the annual registration process with the DMV online, through a kiosk, by mail or in person with a customer service representative. Same-day reversals can be done at any DMV office.
If you own an Annual State Parks Pass (Aspen Leaf Annual, Vehicle-Affixed Annual, Family Annual or Annual Multiple passes) when you are eligible to buy a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass, you can request a prorated refund on the original regularly-priced annual pass. To be eligible for the refund, you must have held the original pass for less than 9 months.
To request a refund, you must link the Keep Colorado Wild Pass to a new or existing CPWshop.com customer account. (See the New CPWShop.com Customer Linking Guide or
Existing CPWShop.com Customer Linking Guide)
Once you have linked your Keep Colorado Wild Pass to your customer account, please read the Keep Colorado Wild Pass Refund Guide to request your prorated refund. A “Request Refund” button will not appear if you are ineligible for a refund.
Customers will be refunded to the card on file in the system used for online or phone purchases. All other pass refunds will be paid in the form of a check. Checks may take up to 90 days for customers to receive.
Once you have linked your Keep Colorado Wild Pass to your customer account and have requested a refund on a Family Annual Parks Pass, please return the hangtag to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or mail it to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Refund Office
Denver, CO 80216
Read the Keep Colorado Wild Pass Refund Guide. Refunds are only available for 60 days from the date of registration.
Help us spread the word about how the Keep Colorado Wild Pass benefits Colorado! Use this online toolkit to easily download and share our Keep Colorado Wild Pass campaign materials.
Download our social media toolkit with a wide selection of social media graphics for use across social media platforms, photographs, and flyers.
Senate Bill SB21-249 has been signed by Governor Polis. The bill creates a new $29 Keep Colorado Wild pass, which will be available in January 2023. The goal of the Keep Colorado Wild pass is to benefit Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in re-shaping the way our state parks are funded, increasing access and demonstrating CPW’s commitment to conserving the wildlife and places that make Colorado so special.
Please join us in our first ever Day of Giving by making a donation today. Your contribution can go a long way to help protect our wildlife and natural spaces, support our state parks and outdoor recreational opportunities, and introduce people to the wonders of Colorado's great outdoors.
Thanks for your continued support!