Colorado National Monument passes now available online

Colorado National Monument has plenty to see, including the occasional desert bighorn sheep, like this one near a tunnel on the west side.



The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Colorado National Monument online through “Your Pass Now” at http://www.yourpassnow.com.

Visitors to the monument will be able to purchase — at no additional cost — annual and seven-day entrance passes in advance of their trip through the website.

“At Colorado National Monument, we continually strive to improve services to our visitors and the public,” said Ken Mabery, Superintendent of Colorado National Monument. “With the launch of this electronic pass, we are entering into a new era of convenience. Visitors now have more choices in how and when they purchase passes to visit the monument. We hope that this new option will reduce the time that visitors have to wait in line at the entrance station.”

Once purchased, the electronic entrance pass can be printed or reside on a mobile device for use at the park. Park staff will validate the entrance pass using a code. Specific instructions on how to use the electronic entrance pass are provided at the time of purchase. The pass is non-transferrable, non-refundable, non-replaceable if lost or stolen, and void if altered or reproduced.

The annual entrance pass fee for Colorado National Monument is $25. Seven-day entrance passes are $10 for a private vehicle, $5 for a motorcycle, and $5 for an individual (hiker or bicyclist). Persons under age 16 are admitted free. All National Park Service sites honor the America the Beautiful passes — the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade passes.

The NPS uses entrance fees at Colorado National Monument to invest in improvements, including new toilets at Liberty Cap trail head and a new accessible surface on the Alcove Trail.

The popularity of the monument came to light with a look at last year’s numbers in a story in The Daily Sentinel on April 10. The park saw nearly 600,000 visitors, which was an all-time high, beating the previous record of 561,400 set in 1978.

Visitors to the monument were up 171,000 over last year. Last August hit an monthly record when 12,200 vehicles entered the monument from the Fruita side.

Every year, the Secretary of the Interior posts “Fee Free Days” each year.

Today is the final free day as part of National Park Week. Aug. 25-28 is National Park Service Birthday; Sept. 24 is National Public Lands Day; and Veterans Day on Nov. 11,  is another free day.

Fee revenue from entrance passes will be used this summer to work on Old Gordon Trail and continue replacing railings at overlooks within Colorado National Monument.

For more information on the park call 970-858-0372 or visit nps.gov.


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