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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously during its recent virtual meeting to approve a new Colorado State Wildlife Area Pass, as an option to access state wildlife areas. The new pass will go on sale May 1, 2021.

Photo image behind the Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo courtesy of Rio Blanco Herald Times

“This is an important step in ensuring everyone who visits our state wildlife areas is contributing to their management and maintenance,” said CPW Director Dan Prenzlow.

The annual Colorado SWA Pass will be available on May 1, 2021 by visiting any CPW office or online at

The pass will be priced similarly to a resident annual fishing license and revenue from the new SWA pass will be used to manage and maintain SWAs.

Colorado State Wildlife Area Pass Categories:

  • Annual Adult: $36.08* 1 day: $9
  • Youth (ages 16-17) annual: $10.07
  • Senior (ages 65 and older) annual: $10.07
  • Low-income annual: $10.07 (Fees include a $1.50 Wildlife Education Fund surcharge)

*Plus a fee of $10.40 for a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp.

The annual pass is also valid from March 1 –March 31 of the following year, to align with the 13-month season for Colorado fishing licenses.

More information and SWA FAQ about CPW’s state wildlife areas is available on the CPW’s website.