Colorado Hiking Certificate

In this transitional season between fall hiking and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, on a week-to-week basis, it is an especially good time to have a Colorado Hiking Certificate, providing coverage under the statewide search and rescue fund. With the $1 certificate, you will have paid into the fund as if you had purchased a hunting or fishing license. It is a way for back country users who do not hunt or fish to be covered by the fund.

Certificates are sold at most sporting goods stores and other outlets for hunting and fishing licenses, but they may be easier to find in the Front Range than on the Western Slope, so it's best to buy before you start your trip. A portion of the cost also funds the Watchable Wildlife Program and non-game functions of the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

At times even the best of plans, map reading abilities and eyes on the trail are just not enough. If you need a search and rescue team, a Colorado hiking certificate may prove to be the purchase of a lifetime.