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Colorado National Monument Fees Will Increase January 1, 2019

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Date: December 17, 2018
Contact: Mark Davison, 970-858-3617 X312
Contact: Todd Overbye, 970-858-3617 X335

Entrance fees at Colorado National Monument will increase five dollars and campground fees will increase two dollars beginning January 1, 2019. Entrance fees for private vehicles will be $20 for a seven day pass. The Saddlehorn campground fee will be $22 per night. 

The entrance fee increase was approved in 2016 as a part of a phased increase over a three year period. An additional five dollar entrance fee increase mandated by the Department of Interior earlier this year will go into effect January 1, 2020.

The campground fee increase received final approval this month after a public comment period August 15 through September 15, 2018. The park received less than 10 comments, of which most were in support of the fee increase. The last time the fee was raised was in 2011.

Superintendent Ken Mabery shared, “It is important that we balance the need for additional funding to support park visitors while ensuring that our site remains affordable and accessible to everyone.”

Federal law requires that recreational fees charged on public lands be used for direct visitor benefits. In recent years, projects funded by recreational fees have included trail work on Old Gordon Trail, new railings at overlooks and stabilization work on Liberty Cap Trail. This next year, planned projects include continued work on Liberty Cap Trail, upgrading campground restrooms and replacement of wooden fencing in parking areas.

Entrances fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of Access, Military and 4th Grade passes. Prices for the Interagency Annual ($80) and Senior (Annual $20 - Lifetime $80) Passes will not change and those passes will still be available for purchase at the park. Annual Park Passes for the Monument remain $40 until 2020. Commercial fees are set at a national level and were not changed. 

The following outlines the approved fee schedule for Colorado National Monument:

2019-2020 Approved Fee
Rate Changes for
Colorado National Monument
2017 Entrance Fee Rates 2019 Approved Rates 2020 Approved Rates
Entrance Fees      
Private Vehicle $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
Motorcycle $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Individual (Pedestrian or Bicyclist) $ 5.00 $10.00 $15.00
Annual Park Pass $40.00 $40.00 $45.00
Campground Fee $20.00 $22.00 $22.00
In 2019 the National Park Service is offering the following fee free days:
Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Winter hours are now in effect at Colorado National Monument. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Monument entrance passes can be purchased on-line at
For additional information please visit or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: December 17, 2018

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