The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Colorado National Monument online through the “Your Pass Now” website (www.yourpassnow.com). Visitors to the Monument now have the convenience of purchasing—at no additional cost—annual and seven-day entrance passes in advance of their trip. The NPS partnered with NIC, Inc. to develop and administer Your Pass Now to better serve visitors to Colorado National Monument.
“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.”
The NPS uses entrance fees at Colorado National Monument to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors, including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. Recent projects have included new vault toilets at Liberty Cap trailhead and a new accessible surface on the Alcove Trail. This summer staff will use fee revenue to work on Old Gordon Trail and continue replacing railings at the Monument overlooks.
Once purchased, the electronic entrance pass can be printed or reside on a mobile device for use at the park on the date of purchase or at a specified future date. Park staff will validate the entrance pass using a QR (Quick Response) 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.
Over the next few months, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota), Everglades National Park (Florida), and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (California) will join Colorado National Monument and Acadia National Park (Maine) with online entrance pass sales. To test a variety of online services, Everglades and San Francisco Maritime will be using different websites rather than Your Pass Now.
The annual entrance pass fee for Colorado National Monument is $40. Seven-day entrance passes are $15 for a private vehicle, $10 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 – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade passes.