After the passage of House Bill 15-1045 in 2015, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) now offers free park entrance to active-duty military as well as veterans during the month of August. CPW encourages eligible individuals to get their pass in advance at any CPW office or state park to avoid delays at the gate on a planned recreation day.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel (including active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members) can obtain a military hang-tag pass valid for free admission during the month of August by showing the CPW parks staff one of the following: Active or retired military identification; DD Form 2; DD Form 2765; DD214; Veterans Affairs medical card; or a current Colorado Driver’s License or state-issued identification card with the veteran seal printed on it.
Once eligibility is confirmed, the military hang-tag pass is issued to the service member and admits all passengers in their vehicle. Although entrance fees are waived in August, activities such as fishing and camping will still require a valid license or permit.