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The Habitat Stamp at Work
The Habitat Stamp at Work

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program ​(CWHPP) and the Habitat Stamp were created in 2006. Since that time, funds from Habitat Stamp sales, together with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado, hunting and fishing license sales ​​and federal funding have protected more than 170,000 acres of habitat for wildlife and wildlife-related recreation through CWHPP. In addition to protecting habitat for big game, birds, fish and imperiled species, this program has helped keep private lands in agricultural use in some of the state’s fastest-developing regions. The Habitat Stamp program provides tangible benefits to Colorado’s wildlife, sportsmen, ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and helps to preserve the environment for generations to come. 

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​Colorado Revised Statutes require a standardized system for naming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife's' real property assets. The property titles that are used are defined in CPW’s Administrative Directive A-7 as follows:

  • State Wildlife Area (SWA) - a property that may be acquired for many reasons and includes public use as part of the acquired rights.

  • State Habitat Area (SHA) - a property acquired primarily for habitat protection which does not have public use as part of the acquired rights.

This list shows properties that have been protected since Dec. 31, 2012.

Alamosa County

  • Gilmore Ranch SHA: 1,025-acre conservation easement, protects riparian areas, ox-bow sloughs, and irrigated pastures bordering on both sides of the Rio Grande River near the Higel State Wildlife Area.

Baca County

  • Sikes Ranch SWA: 7,061-acre conservation easement with public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, big game winter range and migration, grassland habitat.

Bent County

  • Karney Ranch SWA: 13,578 acres of public access for hunting with 10,658 acres protected by a conservation easement, lesser prairie chicken range.

Conejos County 

  • La Jara SWA - Kendrick Parcel: 200 acres, fee title, in-holding at existing La Jara Creek SWA, big game winter range and trout fishing access.

Chaffee County

  • Campbell Ranch: 660-acre conservation easement and limited-use public access for hunting. The property consists of Sagebrush shrublands, grasslands, forests, riparian shrublands, and wetlands and supports Black bear, mountain lion, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, wild turkey, and a host of other wildlife species. The property is mapped as year-round habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse.

  • Chubb Park Ranch SWA: 507-acre conservation easement; protects riparian, forest, sagebrush, grassland and winter range habitat for elk; active agricultural ranchland with public access for hunting.

Dolores County

  • Secret Canyon SHA - Fury Parcel: 640-acre conservation easement that consists of mixed sagebrush, grassland, mountain shrub habitats that supports Gunnison sage-grouse, big game, and a host of wildlife species. ​​​

  • Secret Canyon SHA - Marsh Parcel: 733-acre conservation easement containing sagebrush and mountain shrubland habitats in the lower elevations  and mixed pinon-juniper and ponderosa habitat communities in the higher elevations. The property supports Gunnison sage-grouse and serves as an important travel corridor for big game. 

  • Sundown Farm SHA: 1,180-acre conservation easement, protects critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse, wetlands habitat.

Elbert County

  • Jumping Cow Ranch SWA: 12,613-acre, perpetual conservation and public access easements to protect critical short-grass prairie, mid-grass prairie, and sand sage prairie.

El Paso County

  • Ramah SWA - Bodhaine Parcel: 158 acres, fee title in-holding at existing SWA, warm-water fishing and waterfowl access. 

Garfield County

  • Bob Terrell SWA: 8-acre conservation easement to protect public access to the Roaring Fork River, with public access to a parking lot and launch ramp for fishing.​​​​

  • Lazy V Quarter Circle Ranch SWA: 320-acre conservation easement and perpetual public access easement. Habitat includes, wetland-meadow complex, forest and woodlands, Gambel oak, mixed mountain shrublands, and montane sagebrush-steppe. Hunting access is limited by a special drawing for big game only. Please contact the Glenwood Springs Area Office at (970) 947-2920​ for more details. 
  • Sam Caudill SWA (fka Roaring Fork SWA) - Westbank Boat Ramp​: Establishes permanent public access for fishing and boat launch access on the Roaring Fork River.  

Grand County​

  • Gunsight Pass SHA & Perkins Place SWA: 1120-acre conservation easement with public access to adjacent public lands across the 80 acres making up Perkins Place SWA, protects big game winter range and migration, documented greater sage-grouse, wetlands and riparian habitat. 

  • Hill Ranch SHA: 2,342-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration corridor and greater sage-grouse habitat. 

  • Hot Sulphur Springs SWA - Parshall Divide Unit Parcel: 940-acre fee title to protect a variety of habitats ranging from timbered Forest Service lands to lower sagebrush lands. Includes winter range migration paths for mule deer and elk, along with sage grouse brood areas. Also allows for public access to a shooting range. 

  • Leroux Ranch SHA: 1,115-acre conservation easement, valuable big game habitat including winter range for mule deer and elk, as well as habitat for sagebrush obligate species. 

  • Weimer Ranch SHA: 1,156-acre conservation easement, habitat for greater sage-grouse, elk and mule deer, and large tracts of sagebrush for obligate species. 

  • Wolf-Taussig SHA: 3,148-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration corridor and greater sage-grouse habitat.

Gunnison County

  • Miller Ranch SWA: 1,604 acres, fee title, big game winter range and migration, Gunnison sage-grouse habitat and public access. 

  • Tomichi Creek SWA: 466-acre fee title; habitat for greater Canadian geese, ducks, deer, Gunnison sage grouse, pronghorn, foxes, coyotes, blue heron, and many more; contains 4.5 miles of trout stream, wetlands, irrigated meadows and pasture, sage brush, cottonwood, hills, and rock formations.  

Huerfano County

  • Red Top Ranch SHA: 13,078-acre conservation easement, protects short-grass prairie and broad range of wildlife which includes burrowing owl, Cassin’s sparrow, ferruginous hawk, lark bunting, loggerhead shrike, long-billed curlew, mountain plover, black-tailed prairie dog, massasauga rattle snake, Texas horned lizard, and western box turtle.

Jackson County

  • Brocker SHA: 70-acre eas​e​ment; habitat for black bear, elk, moose, mule deer and mountain lion; combines forest, shrub land, mixed grass and sage and includes four springs and two wetland areas. 

  • Coyte Ranch SHA: 2240-acre perpetual conservation easement to protect critical winter range for big game species and habitat for sage-dependent species of concern.

  • Richard Ranch: 1,715-acre conservation easement and public access for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The property contains rolling sagebrush hills, riparian and lacustrine habitats, shallow wetlands, and hay meadows that benefit breeding waterfowl, greater sage-grouse, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dog, and other wildlife species. 

Kit Carson County

  • South Republican SWA - Kleweno South Easement: 1,182-acre conservation easement, protects habitat for mule deer, whitetail deer, and upland game birds, with public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.

  • South Republican SWA - Shallow River Parcel: 4,929-acre perpetual easement protects big game winter ranges for deer, and a river used as a migration corridor. Public access allows for hunting and fishing.

Lake County

  • Arkansas River/Salida SWA - Hardeman Property: 1.25 miles of Arkansas River, perpetual fishing access and bighorn sheep winter range. 

  • Moyer 45 Bar Ranch SHA: 3,276-acre conservation easement, provides habitat and important winter range and migration corridors for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and numerous sagebrush-related species, including nesting and migrating birds.

La Plata County

  • John R. Schirard SHA: 2,520-acre conservation easement, public access for hunting, protects big game winter range and migration.​

Larimer County

  • Cherokee SWA - Segelke-Carey Ranch: 614-acre fee title property that adjoins the Upper Unit of the Cherokee State Wildlife Area and has 1.36 miles of the North Fork of the Poudre River flowing through it supporting a variety of wildlife species. 

Las Animas County​​​​​​​

  • Beatty Canyon Ranch SHA: 13,920-acre conservation easement, big game habitat, wetlands and short grass. 

  • Torres Conservation Easement: 2,111-acre easement; habitat for mule deer, elk, black bear and turkey; critical migration corridor; transition zone between alpine communities; comprised of ponderosa pine and aspen.

  • Red Top Ranch SHA: 13,078-acre conservation easement, protects short-grass prairie and broad range of wildlife which includes burrowing owl, Cassin’s sparrow, ferruginous hawk, lark bunting, loggerhead shrike, long-billed curlew, mountain plover, black-tailed prairie dog, massasauga rattle snake, Texas horned lizard, and western box turtle. 

  • Sikes Ranch SWA: 7,061-acre conservation easement with public access for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, protects big game winter range and migration, grassland habitat.

Logan County

  • Tamarack Ranch SWA - Golden Eagle Ranch Parcel: 13-acre fee title inholding at existing SWA; provides better public access to the State Wildlife Area; includes river bottom and riparian corridor habitat.

  • Tamarack Ranch SWA - Tarrell Parcel: 80-acre fee title property that consists of cottonwood/riparian habitat associated with the South Platte River which supports a host of resident and migratory wildlife species.

Mesa County

  • Bar YX Ranch SHA: Establishes permanent public access for fishing and boat launch access on the Roaring Fork River. 

  • Bedford Ranch SHA: 1240-acre perpetual conservation easement to protect vital elk calving and deer fawning grounds and important habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse, Blue Grouse and other game birds, numerous raptors, small game, and mountain lion.

  • Luster Basin SHA: 1,620-acre conservation easement, integral leking, nesting, brood-rearing, and winter habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse on Pinon Mesa.

  • Lobe Creek SHA & Lesley Place SHA: 3,297 acre easement; habitat for deer, elk, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear, eagles and a variety of birds and plant species; sagebrush habitat is listed as a key habitat priority in the Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan.

Moffat County

  • Crooked Wash Ranch SWA: 9,796 acre conservation easement and perpetual public access easement for limited big game hunting. Sage brush, wetlands, grasslands, and pinyon-juniper woodlands. 

  • Raftopoulos Ranch SHA: 3,184-acre conservation easement for big game winter range and greater sage-grouse protection, including 2,400 acres hunting access and fishing stream access in the Cold Springs Mountain area.

  • Tuttle Ranch SHA: 15,076-acre conservation easement, protects big game winter range and migration, greater sage-grouse habitat with one known lek site.

Morgan County

  • Andrick Ponds SWA: 711-acre fee title; critical fall and spring migration stopover for waterfowl and other migratory birds; supports breeding and wintering mallards and geese; includes open water, wetland vegetation, grassland, sand sage and open woodland. 

  • Elliot SWA - Asnicar Farms Parcel: 80-acre fee title for the protection of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. Comprised of wet meadow and wetland habitat along with public access for hunting.

Park County

  • Tarryall Creek Ranch SWA: 1,640-acre conservation easement to protect the migration corridors and calving grounds for elk, as well as protection for habitats used by bald eagles and lynx. Contains beaver ponds and riparian shrub.

Pueblo County

  • Pueblo Reservoir SWA - Clift Parcel: 279-acre fee title of pinion-juniper, grassland and riparian habitats for the protection of grassland species including black-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owls, and ferruginous hawks.

  • Pueblo Reservoir SWA - Tatsch Parcel: 4,069-acre fee title acquisition to protect the habitats of black-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owls and ferruginous hawks. Includes pinion juniper, grassland and riparian habitats.

  • Red Top Ranch SHA: 13,078-acre conservation easement, protects short-grass prairie and broad range of wildlife which includes burrowing owl, Cassin’s sparrow, ferruginous hawk, lark bunting, loggerhead shrike, long-billed curlew, mountain plover, black-tailed prairie dog, massasauga rattle snake, Texas horned lizard, and western box turtle.

Rio Blanco County

  • Berthelson Ranch SHA: 1634-acre conservation easement; conserves critical winter range and migration corridors for big game; protects habitat for sage-dependent species, threatened and endangered species and species of concern; wetlands and riparian corridors.

  • Klinglesmith/Berryman SHA: 2,905-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration.

  • Lunney Mountain Ranch SHA: 2,027-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and Columbian sharp-tail grouse habitat.

  • Miller Creek Ranch SWA: 3115-acre perpetual conservation easement and public access easement to protect high quality riparian and upland habitats for grouse and big game. Public access allows for hunting. 

  • Wenschhof Ranch SHA: 525-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration, greater sage-grouse habitat.

  • LK Ranch LK and Grady SWA: 10,262-acre perpetual conservation easement in two installments located next to the Dan Nobel SWA used to protect Gunnison Sage Grouse habitat and provide hunting access for big game.

Rio Grande County

  • River Valley Ranch SHA: 582-acre conservation easement, protects habitat of flood irrigated pastures, ox-bow sloughs, and riparian areas bounded southerly by the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area.

Routt County

  • 20 Mile Sheep SHA: 4,282-acre perpetual conservation easement; habitat for big game, greater sage-grouse, and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse; migration corridor for elk; comprised primarily of sagebrush steppe and mountain shrub.

  • Adobe Ridge SHA: 561-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration, Columbian sharp-tail grouse habitat.

  • Brush Mountain Ranch SHA: 3097-acre perpetual conservation easement to protect habitat for Columbian sharp-tail grouse, fawning and calving areas for deer and elk, open space, and to preserve ranch lands. 

  • Circle 8 State SHA: 637-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration, Columbian sharp-tail and greater sage-grouse habitat. 

  • Wolf Mountain Ranch SHA: 14,312-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration, Columbian sharp-tail and greater sage-grouse habitat.

Saguache County

  • Campbell Ranch: 660-acre conservation easement and limited-use public access for hunting. The property consists of sagebrush​ shrublands, grasslands, forests, riparian shrublands, and wetlands and supports Black bear, mountain lion, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, wild turkey, and a host of other wildlife species. The property is mapped as year-round habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse.

  • Cochetopa SWA: 6,998-acre conservation easement to protect habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse, Gunnison prairie dogs, pronghorn, elk, and bald eagle, and public access for fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.

San Miguel County

  • Baker Ranch SHA: 1,249-acre conservation easement, big game winter range and migration, Gunnison sage-grouse habitat.

  • Dan Noble SWA/Elk Creek Ranch: 350 acres, fee title, big game winter range and migration, Gunnison sage-grouse habitat.

  • Dan Noble SWA - Hughes Parcel: 80-acre fee title acquisition to provide and protect an important linkage for deer and elk between the Naturita Creek drainage on NFS lands (Uncompahgre National Forest) and the Dan Noble SWA.

  • New Beginnings Ranch SHA: 459-acre perpetual conservation easement located approximately 12 miles south of Norwood.  This conservation easement will protect Gunnison sage-grouse habitat and valuable elk and mule deer migration corridors.

Teller County

  • Dome Rock SWA: 11-acre, fee title in-holding at existing SWA, contiguous habitat for bighorn sheep including montane shrub and ponderosa forest.

Yuma County

  • Arikaree SWA - Bannister: 2,320-acre, 10-year hunting lease that offers public access for a variety of species within the property's riparian and sandhill habitats.

  • South Republican SWA - Andrews Parcel: 340-acre conservation easement, three-quarters of a mile of South Republican River bottom, linking into six miles of contiguous riparian habitat--provides public access for sportsmen and watchable wildlife opportunities.

  • South Republican SWA - Kleweno North Easement: 645-acre conservation easement, protects habitat for mule deer, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland game, with public access for hunting, and wildlife viewing.

  • South Republican SWA - Shallow River Parcel: 4,929-acre perpetual easement protects big game winter ranges for deer, and a river used as a migration corridor. Public access allows for hunting and fishing. 

  • Willow Creek SWA: 920-acre conservation easement and public access easement to protect winter migration corridors for elk, as well as habitats for orange-throat darters and the plains leopard frog. Access easement allows for game hunting.