Cash-Strapped Colorado Raises Camping Fees

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September 21, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

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.

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