Cash-Strapped Colorado Raises Camping Fees
The Colorado State Parks Board voted Sept. 16 to increase fees for daily and annual entrance passes and for some campgrounds.
The fee for a daily pass will rise by $1 — up to $7 for most parks and $8 for the highest-use parks, the Loveland Reporter-Herald reported.
The annual parks pass will increase by $10 to $70, the Aspen Leaf Pass for seniors will increase by $5 to $35, the Columbine Pass for disabled Colorado residents and the Centennial Pass for income-eligible Colorado residents will increase by $1.50 to $14. Rental fees for cabins and yurts also will increase.
Camping fees will increase by $2 at 12 parks: Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Golden Gate, Highline, Mueller, Pearl, Rifle Falls, Ridgway, St. Vrain, Steamboat and Sylvan from May 1 to Sept. 30.
The fee increases will go into effect Nov. 1.
The fee increases are intended to make up for a decline in money from state income and sales taxes.