The price to buy an annual Colorado state parks pass just got so much cheaper.

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On Wednesday (Mar. 9), officials with Governor Jared Polis' office announced that The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a massive price reduction on annual state parks passes.

Pass prices will drop by $55 and will be automatically included with your vehicle registration; the price reduction is set to take effect in 2023. 

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Right now, it costs $84 to purchase an annual state parks pass — but beginning next year, the Keep Colorado Wild Pass charge of $29 will be part of the total when you register a passenger vehicle, light truck, motorcycle, and/or recreational vehicle.

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“I’m thrilled that the Keep Colorado Wild Pass will help save Coloradans even more money and help people experience our world-class state parks system and great outdoors,” Governor Jared Polis said in response to the approved price reduction, according to KDVR. 

“Drastically reducing the cost for annual state parks and public lands pass from $84 per year to just $29 annually for unlimited access will save families and individuals money and ensure care for our treasured parks and public lands and I thank President Fenberg, Reps. Tipper and Will and Senator Donovan for working with our administration on the landmark Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass.”

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As per the CPW commission, drivers will have the option to opt-out when they register their vehicle should they not want the pass.

The funds collected for the Keep Colorado Wild Pass will reportedly go toward natural resource conservation, outdoor educational programs, and search and rescue operations.

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“When living in Colorado, a love for the outdoors becomes inevitable; it’s a part of who we are. Natural beauty surrounds us and spending time in nature enriches all of our lives,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow said, according to KDVR.

“So whether you plan to visit our state parks or not, your purchase of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass is a generous and simple way to show you care about our outdoors, wildlife, lands, and waters that make up the heartbeat of Colorado – and support those that manage it.”

Learn more about the Keep Colorado Wild Pass on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife official website.

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