Sign In
State Trust Lands
State Trust Lands
Mountain View

New in 2019: Colorado hunting access expands, state officials approve major expansion of Colorado's 'Public Access Program'

On July 18, 2019, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a multi-year expansion of the Public Access Program​ that included up to 100,000 acres added to the program by the fall 2019 hunting season. The Public Access Program provides limited, seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on Colorado trust land across the state.
 
This is the first step in a multi-year effort to double the size of the Public Access Program. This first addition takes us from 480,000 acres to 585,000 acres. Our goal is to reach nearly one million acres over the next two years. ​​​

​​​​About the State Trust Land Public Access Program

​​State Trust Lands in Colorado currently total nearly 3 million surface acres, but you can't hunt or recreate on all of it. Public access for wildlife-related recreation on 585,000 acres of State Trust Land (STL) is made possible through the Public Access Program, a lease agreement between the State Land Board and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Signs at individual properties describe allowed uses, rules and time frames for public use.

What are trust lands?

State Trust Lands include about three million acres of state-owned lands used for a specific purpose — to generate revenue and provide financial support for Colorado public schools (K-12) and other public institutions.

What can I do there?

Lands enrolled in the Public Access Program are open to a variety of wildlife-related uses, including hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. The listings on the following pages provide information regarding allowable uses, site-specific rules and timeframes for use. Most lands are not accessible by vehicle, ATVs, or snowmobiles, and there may be additional restrictions on camping, parking and off-road driving. Unauthorized use or activity on these lands may be subject to enforcement from CPW officers or local authorities.

When are they open?

Most properties are open for wildlife-related recreation from Sept. 1 through the end of February, unless listed otherwise in this brochure. Enrolled lands are closed to public access all other times of the year. The State Land Board leases most properties for other uses as well, such as livestock grazing, farming, or mining. Please be respectful of these other authorized uses on these lands.

Where are they?

Public Access Lands are located all around Colorado. For more information, please see the Colorado ​​​Recreational Lands Brochure index​, descriptions, and maps​. ​

More Information:​​ State Land Board website