A recent announcement by Colorado Parks & Wildlife has informed the public that fees associated with the parks system will be increasing for the 2019 season. Most significant to the OutThere Colorado audience is that entrance fees and passes into Colorado’s 41 state parks will be impacted.

Daily vehicle passes will increase by $2 from $7-$9 to $8-$10. The individual day pass will also increase, from $3 to $4. Price hikes for annual passes were the most significant, increasing from $70 to $80 for the annual vehicle pass and $60 to $70 for the senior-focused Aspen Leaf Annual Pass. This new pricing system will also introduce a $120 “State Parks Annual Hang Tag Pass,” which will be issued to a specific person, not a specific vehicle.

The reason for these changes comes with the passing of Senate Bill 18-143, which allows Colorado Parks & Wildlife to adjust fees accordingly with increased operation costs of the department. With Colorado’s outdoor recreation currently booming, an increase in operational costs is unlikely to be surprising to most.

Camping fees will also make a significant jump, with primitive campgrounds shifting from $10-$12 a night to $14-$18 per night and basic campgrounds leaping from $18-$20 per night to $22-$28 per night. Full hookup campgrounds will see the most significant increase when it comes to camping, increasing from $28-$30 per night to $32-$41 per night.

Other fee increases will also impact fishers and hunters in the state of Colorado, with the annual fishing license for residents jumping from $25 to $33 and the annual small game hunting license for residents jumping from $20 to $28. See a full breakdown of the price increases with regards for residents here.

Increases were also made for non-residents, and in many cases, they’re much more significant. For instance, a non-resident annual fishing license will jump from $55 to $95 and a non-resident small game hunting license will jump from $55 to $80. You can find a breakdown of more changes here.

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