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Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, Colorado residents can get a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass during their annual vehicle registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The Keep Colorado Wild Pass is an annual state park pass that:
As Coloradans, we treasure our outdoor lifestyle and state’s beauty. This new state park pass gives all Coloradans an easy way to invest in Colorado’s outdoors, wildlife and local communities in a meaningful way. Your contribution shows you care about Colorado and want to keep our landscapes healthy for current and future generations. Money raised will be used to protect wildlife habitats, search and rescue programs, avalanche awareness education, outdoor equity learning programs and more.
State Parks & Recreation- The goal is to raise at least $36 million annually. The first $32.5 million will go toward state park maintenance, with the next $3.5 million allocated to Backcountry Safety programs. Any money raised beyond that will go to building more state parks, wildlife projects and outdoor educational programs.
Backcountry Safety- With the Keep Colorado Wild Pass sales, there may be up to $2.5 million generated funds annually that will be used to better support the volunteer and equipment needs of the Colorado Backcountry Search and Rescue system. The next $1 million dollars raised will benefit avalanche safety programs through the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
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- The new Keep Colorado Wild Pass gives all Coloradans an easy way to support Colorado’s natural resources, outdoor recreation, wildlife and local communities in an important and meaningful way.
When you hold a Keep Colorado Wild Pass, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo will be printed on your vehicle registration card from the DMV.
The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle registration expires. Colorado residents will have the option to buy or decline the pass every year during the vehicle registration process through the DMV.
Show your vehicle registration card that shows your purchase to the CPW staff at any staffed entrance station. If the entrance is not staffed, you may enter the park with the knowledge that you may be checked for proof of purchase while in the park.
Yes. The Keep Colorado Wild Pass purchased during your annual vehicle registration with the DMV is linked to the specific vehicle being registered. The pass is not transferable between vehicles.
Please contact your local DMV location for information on how to replace your lost vehicle registration card. When you get a new registration card, your previous pass purchase will show on your card.
Residents will have the clear option to decline the pass when registering a vehicle with the DMV online, through a kiosk or by notifying a customer service representative.
CPW and DMV staff understand there will be an adjustment period in 2023 as residents wait for the Keep Colorado Wild Pass to be available to them during their annual vehicle registration.
CPW is developing a refund policy that will address overlapping valid state park passes. More information will be posted on the website when it's available.
No, you can decline the pass. Your CPW-issued specialty park pass (Columbine, Centennial, Blue Spruce, Independence, Volunteer or Military Pass) already authorizes you free or lower-cost entrance to Colorado state parks. All military plates and registration cards will include the pass with no additional fee.
Legislative leaders in the Colorado State Senate, the State House and Governor Polis announced historic legislation on April 23, 2021 that will allow Coloradans to easily access state parks and invest in Colorado’s wildlife and great outdoors. Senate Bill SB21-249
Funds raised from this pass will help Colorado Parks and Wildlife keep pace with increased park visitation and improve visitation-management systems at existing state parks, which may include shuttle services, timed entry reservations or other tools yet to be determined.
Additional pass funding will be used to protect wildlife and healthy habitats, search and rescue programs, avalanche education and outdoor equity learning programs.
Money generated from the Keep Colorado Wild Pass will be directed toward achieving 10 goals to focus on CPW’s future investments in public lands, conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management.
Strengthening Our Existing State Park System
Protecting and Educating Outdoor Recreationists
Investing in the Future of Wildlife Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
Upon review of the study results from the work commissioned by Senate Bill 21-245, the legislature passed Senate Bill 22-168. This bill transfers backcountry search and rescue operations and staff, including the management of the backcountry search and rescue card and backcountry search and rescue fund, from the Department of Local Affairs to the Division of Parks and Wildlife effective January 1, 2023.
The bill also appropriates $1 million dollars from the general fund to the wildlife cash fund for use in supporting backcountry search and rescue efforts. Eligibility for certain legal and educational benefits is also bestowed to those serving in backcountry search and rescue efforts and their families.
For more information, visit the summary of SB22-168 on the Colorado General Assembly website.
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Benefits of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass
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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.