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Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-589-9493
Contact: Todd Overbye, 970-858-3617 X 330
Fruita, CO – Entrance fees at Colorado National Monument will increase five dollars beginning January 1, 2020. Entrance fees for private vehicles will be $25, motorcycles will be $20 and individuals will be $15 for a seven day pass. The annual Colorado National Monument pass will be $45. The Saddlehorn campground fee will remain $22 per night. This entrance fee increase was mandated by the Department of Interior in 2018, but was delayed due to a previous increase in the entrance fees.
For those interested in buying the annual Colorado National Monument pass. If it is purchased prior to December 31, 2019, it will be $40 and valid through December 31, 2020. It can be purchased at www.recreation.gov or in person at the park entrances or the visitor center (only in the winter).
Superintendent Nathan Souder shared, “Providing an outstanding visitor experience is a top priority for our team at the Monument. The increased revenue from entrance fees will provide additional funding that will help us greatly in meeting our priority by improving infrastructure and addressing maintenance needs that have a direct connection to our guests.”
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 the Devil’s Kitchen and Liberty Cap trails, and new railings at overlooks such as Artist Point. This next year, planned projects include continued work on Liberty Cap Trail, a start to trail work on Upper Monument Canyon Trail, Otto’s Trail and Coke Ovens Trail.
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.
The following outlines the approved fee schedule for Colorado National Monument:
2020 Approved Fee
Rate Changes for
Colorado National Monument
2020 Approved Rates
|Individual (Pedestrian or Bicyclist)||$10.00||$15.00|
|Annual Park Pass||$40.00||$45.00|
In 2020 the National Park Service is offering the following fee free days:
·January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
·April 18: First day of National Park Week
·August 25: National Park Service Birthday
·September 26: National Public Lands Day
·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 recreation.gov.
For additional information please visit www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: December 6, 2019