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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering all active-duty military and veterans free entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks during the entire month of August. Free access for veterans and active-duty military in August is a program CPW offers in appreciation to those who serve and have served our country.
“We deeply appreciate our active duty service members and veterans for their service to our nation,” said Dan Prenzlow, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “There’s no way to ever thank our military members enough for their service and sacrifice, but CPW is proud to offer free entry to our parks this month as a chance to get out and spend time in Colorado’s great outdoors.”
All eligible military members may pick up their hangtag and pass beginning August 1. Proof of service must be presented at any CPW office or state park to enjoy one of the agency’s military benefits.
All military personnel honorably discharged, discharged under honorable conditions, or with general discharge, as well as active duty, reservist, and National Guard personnel are eligible to obtain a military hang-tag pass valid for free admission during the month of August. To obtain your pass at any CPW office or park, please bring one of the following for staff to confirm:
Active, retired or veteran military identification cards
– DD Form 2– DD Form 2765– DD214 with the discharge annotated “honorable”, “under honorable conditions”, or “general”– Veterans Affairs medical card– A current and valid Colorado Driver’s License or state-issued identification card with the word ‘Veteran’ printed on it as specified in 42-2-303 (5)(a), C.R.S– A military seal on a driver’s license does NOT satisfy the requirement for military ID for this pass
Once eligibility is confirmed, the military hang-tag pass is issued to the service member. The hang-tag pass is valid when hung from the rear-view mirror of a service member occupied vehicle, and admits all passengers of that vehicle.
Service members and their families can relax and recharge with activities including archery, boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking and wildlife-viewing, along with well-equipped nature centers and picnic areas.
“We wouldn’t have these beautiful natural resources and open spaces to enjoy without the sacrifice of so many veterans and current active duty service members, so we hope that these folks and their families and friends are able to spend some quality time with us in August,” said Prenzlow.
Though park entrance fees are waived for veterans and active-duty personnel in the month of August, activities such as fishing and camping still require a valid license or reservation. A wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within each state park can be found in the online Parks Guide.
Visit the CPW Park Finder to locate a state park near you.
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