Debbie's Deals: How to 'borrow' a state park's pass for free

DENVER - Want to visit a Colorado State Park? Now you can, for free!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is testing a program called the Check-Out Colorado State Park Program.

Eight libraries around the state will loan out a state park pass that's good for admission for seven days at any of the 42 state parks around the state. The pass will come with an adventure backpack, provided by Osprey, that is filled with park information and educational activities.

Within an hour of Denver, there are eight state parks -- Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Roxborough, Eldorado Canyon, Staunton, Barr Lake, Castlewood Canyon and Golden Gate Canyon.

Within an hour of Fort Collins, there are four state parks - Lory, Boyd Lake, St. Vrain and State Forest State Park.

"This program puts us on track with the Governor’s initiative to encourage Coloradans, particularly children, teens and the underserved, to develop deeper connections with the natural environment that sets Colorado apart as a special place," said CPW Director Bob Broscheid.

The initial libraries with loaner passes are:

  • Aurora Public Library, Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO  80012, 303-739-6600
  • Anythink Libraries, Brighton Branch, 327 E Bridge St, Brighton, CO  80601, 303-405-3230
  • Delta County Libraries, Paonia Branch, 23rd St, Paonia, CO  81428, 970-399-7881
  • Denver Public Library, Green Valley Ranch Branch, 4856 Andes Ct, Denver, CO  80249 720-865-0310
  • Garfield County Public Library, Rifle Branch, 207 East Ave, Rifle, CO  81650; 970-625-3471
  • Las Animas/Bent County Library, 306 5th St, Las Animas, CO  81054, 719-456-0111
  • Mesa County Public Library, Grand Junction Main Library, 443 N. 6th St, Grand Junction, CO  81501, 970-243-4442
  • Trinidad Public Library, 202 N. Animas St, Trinidad, CO  81082, 719-846-6841

Each library will have two passes to loan. For more information, visit the library backpack program's website.

The pilot program is slated to continue through March 31, 2016, and if it is successful, it will be expanded in April 2016.

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