50th Anniversary

Colorado State Parks

One of my New Years resolutions was to purchase an annual state park pass and visit at least one different park a month. Sometimes we need to break out of our routine and explore in our own backyard. Colorado offers so many opportunities for travel and adventure it had been several years since we had an annual state park pass on the windshield.

annual-state-park-passSince it was the last day of January it was time to get in gear with the resolution. With the forecast of a warm sunny day we headed to Roxborough State Park south of Denver.

The Annual Parks Pass sells for $60. As Colorado residents admittedly over the age of 64 we qualify for the Aspen Leaf Pass costing $30 per vehicle.  Passes are good for 12 full months, not the calendar year. No matter what time of year you purchase the pass it’s good for a full year. Disabled and income eligible Colorado residents pay $12.50. Disabled veterans and those born in 1922 or before receive passes at no charge.

state-parks-brochurePasses allow unlimited access to all 42 Colorado State Parks. Pass holders should be aware that entrance to Cherry Creek State Park requires an additional annual $3 water basin authority pass. The free 2009 Parks Guide is 32 pages filled with useful information: brief description of each park, directions, facility charts and fun facts.

Until yesterday we didn’t realize that 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Colorado State Parks. Cherry Creek was the first park in the system, opening to the public in 1959. It must be great serendipity that we chose 2009 to become reacquainted with Colorado State Parks.

Passes may be purchased at any state park, online or by calling 303-866-3437.

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