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What is the Keep Colorado Wild Pass?

Beginning in 2023, ​​​Colorado residents can get a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass during their annual vehicle registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).​ This new pass gives all Coloradans easy access to state parks and the opportunity to support our great outdoors and wildlife in a meaningful way.​

It’s more than a parks pass, the money raised from pass sale supports your:​

  • ​State parks system​
  • Search and rescue teams
  • Avalanche safety programs​​
  • Wildlife conservation efforts​
  • Local accessible outdoor opportunities​​​
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​Quick ​Facts

  • ​The pass is only offered to Colorado residents during the Colorado vehicle registration process.​
  • The $29 pass fee is included in your vehicle registration price total unless you choose to decline (opt out).
  • The pass is not transferable between vehicles and is linked to your license plate and registration card.
  • A Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo will be printed on your vehicle registration card which will give you access to state parks.
  • ​​You can decline or subtract (opt out) the cost of the pass when you register your vehicle with the DMV online, through a kiosk, through mail-in options or with a customer service representative in-office.
  • ​​All regularly priced Colorado state park passes are still available.​
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For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions​.

Why is the Keep Colorado Wild Pass g​ood for Colorado?​

As Coloradans, we treasure our outdoor lifestyle and state’s beauty. This new pass gives all Coloradans an easy way to support 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.

When can I buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass?​

Colorado residents can buy the pass in 2023 when they register a motorcycle, recreation vehicle, motor vehicle and/or light truck with the state through the DMV. Because vehicle registrations happen throughout the year, use the chart below to learn when you are eligible to get your Keep Colorado Wild Pass.​​

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​​​​Vehicle Registration Starts or Expires ​​​Keep Colorado Wild Pass is Available
​Nov., Dec. in 2022
NO
​Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. in 2023
​YES

The Pass Supports 4 Major Areas

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State Parks & Recreation- The goal is to generate at least $36 million annually. 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.

Backcountry Safety- With the Keep Colorado Wild Pass sales, there may be $2.5 million generated funds annually that will be used to better support the volunteer and equipment needs of search and rescue professionals across Colorado. The next $1 million dollars raised will benefit 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- 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the Keep Colorado Wild Pass look like?

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. ​​​

How long is the pass valid?

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.

How do I use the pass?

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.

I have multiple vehicles. Do I have to buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass when I register each vehicle?

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.

What if I lose my vehicle registration card?

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.

If I already own a CPW specialty park pass or DMV specialty vehicle plate that gives me free entry into state parks, do I need to buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass?

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 fee-exempt military plates and registration cards will include the pass with no additional fee.

What outdoor activities are included with the Keep Colorado Wild Pass?

The pass provides entry to all Colorado state parks. For information on outdoor recreation and to find a Colorado State Parks Map, visit cpw.state.co.us. ​​​

Can I use my Keep Colorado Wild Pass if I enter a state park on my bike or by foot?

Yes. Individuals who purchase a pass may also use it to access state parks and state recreation areas without a vehicle along with up to three additional visitors aged 16 and older (except Cameo Shooting and Education Complex and Boyd Lake, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Lake Pueblo and Lone Mesa state parks). Individuals younger than 16 years may access without a motor vehicle free of charge.​​​

What if my $80-120 Annual State Park Pass is still valid when I’m eligible to buy a $29 Keep Colorado Wild Pass during my 2023 vehicle registration?

Because vehicle registrations happen throughout the year, there will be situations where current Colorado Parks and Wildlife annual park pass customers will have overlapping annual passes. To address these issues, CPW has approved refund options that will cover the time between when a current annual pass expires and when a vehicle registration is due. ​​​

The refunded amount will be based on a flat prorated refund structure. The prorated amount will be based on the price of the original pass divided by 12 months and rounded up to the nearest dollar. The refund amount is based on the number of remaining months with no refund for passes that had been used for nine months or more. Residents will have 60 days after the Keep Colorado Wild Pass purchase date to file for a refund.​​​

How do I opt out of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass?

While we hope all Coloradans want to take advantage of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass and support the outdoor spaces we all cherish, we understand that our residents need purchasing options to make the best decision for their households. You can decline or subtract (opt out) the cost of the pass when you register your vehicle with the DMV online, through a kiosk, through mail-in options or with a customer service representative in-office.​​​

When can I buy a Keep Colorado Wild Pass?

Colorado residents can buy the pass in 2023 when they register a motorcycle, recreation vehicle, motor vehicle and/or light truck with the state through the DMV.​​​

Because vehicle registrations happen throughout the year, use the chart below to learn when you are eligible to get your Keep Colorado Wild Pass.

Let’s Work Together to Keep Colorado Wild

Background Information

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.

Funding Goals

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

  • Goal 1: Provide an affordable, multi-agency pass that ensures that all users contribute to keep Colorado wild.
  • Goal 2: Ensure sufficient staffing and resources to manage and protect Colorado’s existing state parks.


Protecting and Educating Outdoor Recreationists


Investing in the Future of Wildlife Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

  • Goal 5: Build new state parks in partnership with local governments, conservationists, and recreationists.
  • Goal 6: Increase capacity to address the impacts of outdoor recreation on public lands.
  • Goal 7: Increase funds for new trails, trail stewardship, and river recreation projects.
  • Goal 8: Dedicate resources for the State Wildlife Action Plan to conserve vulnerable species and habitats.
  • Goal 9: Support CPW initiatives focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the outdoors.
  • Goal 10: Fund Regional Outdoor Partnerships to support community-driven planning and projects.

Senate Bill 22-168: Backcountry Search and Rescue

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. ​

Campaign Toolkit​

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