By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– The Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass offers vehicle owners a reduced-price annual state park pass when they register their vehicles. It’s one of two new state laws that go into effect Tuesday that allow more access to Colorado State Parks.

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There are 11 state parks in Colorado that draw 11 million visitors each year. The parks offer camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and other outdoor recreation.

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Park officials say they are being “loved to death” by the growing popularity of Colorado’s state parks. Currently an annual affixed vehicle parks pass costs $80. While the price of the Keep Colorado Wild Pass has yet to be determined, it’ll be no more than half the current price, so no more than $40. The price can drop depending on participation, with a goal to achieve a $20 price with high participation rates.

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The money will be used for, among other things, supporting search and rescue volunteers, supporting avalanche safety and awareness, regularly maintaining state parks and state trails and conserving wildlife.

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The second law expands free access to veterans who have earned a Purple Heart. Any vehicle displaying a Purple Heart special license plate will be allowed to pass through the state park entrance.

Jennifer McRae