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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a national leader in conservation, recreation and wildlife management.

As Colorado’s primary agency focused on protecting and caring for our most valued and valuable resources, we have been entrusted with an incredible mission by the people of Colorado. These resources form the very fabric of our state and define who we are.​


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​​All Coloradans play a role in ensu​​ring future generations have access to the quality hunting, fishing, and parks recreational opportunities that we enjoy today.​

​Our mission is to manage wildlife, maintain a quality state parks system and provide outdoor recreation opportunities for our residents and visitors. We are charged with balancing conservation of our wildlife and habitat with recreational needs, both synonymous with our state. Our hunting, angling and state parks customers are critical to the funding that helps keep our wildlife and wild spaces healthy - through their fees we are able to protect the Colorado we know and love. However, we need the support of all Coloradans in fulfilling this critical mission.

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​It’s simply not Colorado ​w​ithout parks and wildlife

Our quality of life, outdoor heritage, and economic prosperity are dependent on the health and sustainability of these treasures. The growth in the state’s population and tourism underscore the importance of our natural resources and recreation opportunities in making Colorado such a special place. But with this increased use comes increased responsibility. Every resident, from lifelong anglers to dedicated birders, from the novice hunter to the weekend hiker, plays a role in helping Colorado Parks and Wildlife grow along with Colorado’s booming population.

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​​A legacy of conservation and investment

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff have worked for well over a century to ensure the health and future of Colorado’s state parks and wildlife for our citizens. Through cutting edge science and innovative conservation practices, we now boast the largest elk herds in North America, protect 93 unique-to-Colorado natural areas on both public and private lands, and improve habitat to help the population of at-risk birds like the Gunnison sage-grouse. This legacy of conservation, and our future, comes with great responsibility.​

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Conservation and recreation are undeniably tied together

Recreation needs conservation, otherwise we would no longer have Colorado’s unique spaces in which we play and explore. Conservation needs recreation as well, as our vast natural resources, including our state parks and abundant wildlife, need people to care enough to invest in them for the long term. Sportsmen and women have invested greatly in conserving the state’s resources for over a century, but we must all work to maintain hunting, fishing and state parks for future generations​.​

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Our wildlife and wild spaces cannot wait​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff have worked for well over a century to ensure the health and future of Colorado’s state parks and wildlife for our citizens. Through cutting edge science and innovative conservation practices, we now boast the largest elk herds in North America, protect 93 unique-to-Colorado natural areas on both public and private lands, and improve habitat to help the population of at-risk birds like the Gunnison sage-grouse. This legacy of conservation, and our future, comes with great responsibility.​​​



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CPW's funding is dependent on custome​rs.


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