You can now check out backpacks from Colorado libraries and explore state parks for free.

The Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up to encourage Coloradans to visit our state parks and experience all the amazing outdoor recreation our beautiful state has to offer.

The Check Out State Parks program kicked off this week and offers 2 passes to each participant along with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures, a tree and wildflower identification guide, suggested activities list, and other educational materials.

Passes are good for entry into any Colorado State Park and can be used to hike or bike multi-use trails, watch wild animals in their natural habitat, visit a nature center, or pack a picnic and enjoy your beautiful Colorado surroundings. With a license or camping reservation, you can also try out fishing or camp out overnight (though, passes do not include discounts for those).

Clearview Library District in Windsor, High Plains Library District in Greeley, Platteville, Eaton, Firestone, Kersey, Erie, Johnstown, Hudson, Ault, and Fort Lupton, Longmont Public Library, Loveland Public Library, and Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins (Council Tree, Old Town, and Harmony locations), along with many other libraries state-wide are participating in the Check Out State Parks program.

See a full list of participating libraries HERE.