CPW adds $1 “high-use fee” at Lake Pueblo, five other state parks

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is adding a $1 “high-use fee” to daily vehicle passes at six more state parks, including Lake Pueblo.

The new fee goes into effect Friday at the following parks:

  • Lake Pueblo
  • Golden Gate Canyon
  • Staunton
  • Castlewood Canyon
  • Roxborough
  • Highline

Admission to these parks will now be $10 per vehicle per day, including the fee.

Annual Colorado State Parks passes are available for $70 to $120, depending on the type of pass.

According to CPW, the high-use fee at these parks is necessary to mitigate the extra expenses and resource strain associated with a high level of use by visitors. 

CPW says 2020 has been a year of record park visitation, record drownings, and increased protocols for COVID-19. Because of the record visitation, many of the high-use parks are in dire need of maintenance funds.

In a release on Thursday, CPW said the additional revenue will help with increased trash collection, increased resource damage, additional temporary staffing, additional wear-and-tear on facilities, and other expenses that were not offset by normal vehicle pass fees. 

Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Boyd Lake, and Eldorado Canyon state parks already have high-use fees.

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