Check Out a Colorado State Park Pass and Backpack at Your Local Library

The Friends of Lory State Park is reminding everyone to take advantage of the “Check Out State Parks” program at your local library to enjoy some amazing Fall adventures!

This three-year old program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, the State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience the variety of spectacular outdoor recreation we have available to us. 

Libraries across the state are offering two “Check Out State Parks” passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures in English and Spanish, wildlife viewing guides, a tree and wildflower identification guide and – new for 2019 – a Night Sky brochure with seasonal star charts that glow in the dark.

The park pass is a hang tag for the rearview mirror and must be visible in the library patron’s car when entering a state park. Passes are good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days. The only restriction is that, unlike other library materials, activity backpacks cannot be placed on hold.

Once you have checked out the pass and back pack, you can visit any state park in Colorado to hike or bike the multi-use trails, kayak or paddleboard the lakes, rock-climb in designated areas, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight.

All you need is a library card!

3 Easy Steps to Adventure

1. Use the pass to get into any state park for FREE
2. Use the backpack to explore a nearby state park and see what you can learn. 
3. Share a photo with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Instagram.