The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to approve increases to hunting and fishing licenses, camping and daily and annual park pass fees that take effect Jan. 1
Senate Bill 18-143, signed into law in May, gives the CPW Commission authority to review and approve fee changes for licenses and park fees within limits set forth in the bill.
Fee increases have been approved in each of the following categories.
Wildlife License ChangesWith a few exceptions, resident license fees will increase by $8.The commission also approved the following new licenses or license fees:A qualifying hunting license purchase for the current year is required for any big game license application. A qualifying license includes an annual resident or nonresident small game hunting license, an annual resident or nonresident spring turkey license or a resident small game/fishing combination license.Preference points fees will be charged for sheep, moose and goat applicants in 2019. Fees will be $50 for residents and $100 for nonresidents.The application fee for the limited license drawing will increase to $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents.A resident fishing license for youths ages 16 and 17 will be $8.Resident senior annual fishing licenses (age 65-plus) will cost $8, instead of being free. This allows the agency to collect federal matching funds.The wildlife education fee, assessed on most wildlife licenses, will increase from $0.75 to $1.50.The Colorado State Waterfowl Stamp fee will increase to $10.Nonresident license fees will not be increased in 2019.Nonresident bear licenses for all seasons will be reduced to $100.Parks Passes ChangesAn annual pass will increase to $80 for a standard vehicle pass, $40 for a multiple vehicle pass, and $70 for an aspen leaf annual pass.Daily vehicle passes will rise by $1, increasing to $8 for most parks and to $9 for Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Boyd Lake and Eldorado Canyon state parks.An individual daily pass (for access outside a motor vehicle) will also increase to $4.A hangtag pass that does not need to be affixed to a vehicle will be priced at $120. The hangtag pass is issued to an individual. Only one vehicle at a time can use an annual hangtag pass. Only one lost or stolen replacement hangtag pass will be offered annually for $60, or 50 percent of the full pass price.The price of daily dog off-leash passes will increase to $3, and the price of annual dog off-leash passes will increase to $25.Camping/facilities permit changesThe CPW Commission also opted to implement camping fee changes for the first time since 2015.
Fees for camping permits will increase between $8 to $13, depending on the site.Fees for cabins and yurts will increase by $10.Park managers have the ability to discount camping permit fees annually, by March 1 for the following reservation year.The price of group picnic areas will increase between $20 to $60 depending on the park and the type of group picnic area.Park Managers have the ability to discount facilities fees annually, by March 1 for the following reservation year.The group facility reservation fee will remain at $10/facility.