Colorado is world renowned for its wide array of outdoor recreation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife strives to make sure that everyone can access our special places and activities. Here are some of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs available to people with disabilities:
Columbine Park Pass
The Columbine Pass offers discounted access to Colorado's state parks for Colorado residents who have a documented total and permanent disability. The Columbine Pass is $14 per year and is transferable between vehicles.
Accessible Fishing Locations
Colorado Parks and Wildlife maintains a list of accessible fishing locations. Select the region below to find accessible fishing access near you:
Lifetime Free Fishing License
who are totally and permanently disabled can apply for free lifetime fishing license.
Facility-based Fishing License
Mental health institutions that provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care to patients can apply for a facility fishing license that covers all their patients. The license is good for the calendar year in which it was issued and must be renewed each year. The license is not available for "day care" facilities. For information about the program call 303-291-7235 or complete the Facility License Application.
Disabled Veteran Lifetime Fishing and Small Game Hunting Combo License
Military veterans who are disabled and residents of Colorado are eligible to apply for a lifetime fishing and small game combo license. The veteran must have proof of service-connected disability of 60% or more, as rated by the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Purple Heart recipients are also eligible to apply for the combo license. Hunter education requirements must still be met for use of the small game license.
Big Game Mobility-Impaired Hunting License Program
Hunting licenses are available for individuals with a mobility impairment resulting from a permanent medical condition that makes it physically impossible for them to hunt without assistance. Evidence of mobility impairment may include, but is not limited to, prescribed use of a wheelchair, shoulder or arm crutches, walker, two canes, or other prescribed medical device or equipment. See the Mobility-Impaired Hunting License Request Form or call 303-291-7380 for more information.
Habitat Stamp Exemption
Any person who holds a free Lifetime Fishing License; Veteran’s Lifetime Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing License; or are approved for the Big Game Mobility Impaired Hunting Program is exempt from the Habitat Stamp requirement.
Wildlife Recreation Accommodation Permits
Hunters with disabilities, as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), may complete a Wildlife Recreation Accommodation Permit Application to request accommodation for:
NOTE: Information Bulletin for Accommodation Permit Holders
- shooting from a stationary motor vehicle and/or OHV
- use of an assistant to track and dispatch wounded game
- use of the exterior or a vehicle to support a firearm
- crossbow or draw-loc during archery season - these permits allow use of non-magnifying scopes and red dot sights that magnify 1X or less. They do NOT allow for the use of scopes with magnification greater than 1X, magnified optical aids, laser, battery or electronic powered aiming, sighting, or range-finding devices (with the exception of red dot sights).