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Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)
Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)
Badger Wash

​For more information, contact:
CNAP Coordinator 
Raquel Wertsbaugh
P: 303-291-7267​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Established by statute in 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program is a statewide program focused on the recognition and protection of areas that contain at least one uniqu​e or high-quality natural featu​​​​re of statewide significance.

The Colorado Natural Areas Program, working with interested landowners and dedicated volunteers, helps to conserve Colorado’s best places well into the future. To date, more than 300 rare, threatened or endangered species and communities are monitored and cooperatively protected at 93 designated sites in Colorado, with more in the works. Natural areas are found on public or private land and are designated through land management agreements with landowners.​

 Designation at Staunton

Staunton State Park celebrated the recent designation of portions of the park as a Colorado Natural Area during a mid-September ceremony. The designation is the result of collaborative efforts. The Resource Stewardship Program​ within CPW assists State Parks​ and CNAP in protecting significant natural resources while developing visitor opportunities. 

 Recent Accomplishments

The​ CNAP Triennial Report for 2012 - 2014 is issued every three years and relates the status of the State’s most special areas and highlights recent accomplishments, new designations, and the program’s emphasis on rare plant conservation.

 Get Involved

The Colorado Natural Areas Programs depends on skilled volunteers. Do you have experience in botany, wildlife biology, geology or paleontology? Do you enjoy orienteering or back county travel? If so, you may be able to help with on the ground conservation at one of our natural areas. Our volunteers are a crucial asset to our program.

Thank you for taking a look at our volunteer programs.

​Colorado State Parks and Natural Areas

A coffee table book by Frank Weston. This guide book, by Frank Weston, is filled with images and information about Colorado State Parks & Natural Areas.


​Become a Volunteer Steward

Help us to protect Colorado's best natural features. You can adopt a natural area and be a part of protecting these amazing spaces by becoming a volunteer steward.