A state in the Mountain West subregion of the beautiful Western United States
For summer touring, light clothing is advisable for outdoor wear. It is generally very warm along the Front Range and even in the mountains. However, in the evenings, the temperature cools somewhat, and light jackets and sweaters are suggested.
In winter, layered clothing along with a heavy coat is often recommended. The layered effect lends itself to Colorado's changeable climate.
Throughout Colorado you will find more than 40 state parks and recreation areas. Each area offers a different environment--high-country mountains, expansive deserts, red rock canyons and metropolitan playgrounds. A valid parks pass is required on every vehicle entering a state park or recreation area and is available at all entrances, the Division of Parks and Outdoor recreation's regional offices and various licensed agents such as grocery stores and sporting goods outlets.
Many national parks charge entrance fees and the rates vary. The Golden Eagle Pass annual entrance permit is good at all National Parks and may be purchased at those parks charging entrance fees. Two other special passes include the Golden Age Passport, available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years of age or older and the Golden Access Passport, available to qualifying disabled persons. Admission to parks is free for persons 16 years of age and younger. Some educational groups may be exempt from entrance fees Campsites available in individual parks may be for recreational vehicle, tents, or both. Most are available on a first-come, first-served basis and fees vary. Backcountry or primitive camping in most national park areas requires free backcountry permits and some parks require reservations.