Colorado state parks facing budget shortfall | SummitDaily.com

Colorado state parks facing budget shortfall

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER – State parks officials are raising some fees to make up for shrinking funds and are looking at ranking parks in case some have to be closed.

The State Parks Board Thursday voted to raise daily entrance fees by $1 and annual park passes by $10. The board also raised fees for camping, cabins and yurts.

The board is also considering a rating system for Colorado’s 42 state parks as a basis for closures if needed to make up a projected $2.6 million budget shortfall.

State Parks Director Dean Winstanley says the staff has identified the highest-priority parks. Most of those are within 50 miles major metro areas.

The department won’t receive any money from the general fund in the 2011-2012 budget.