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About Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)
About Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)

The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.

About the Agency

CPW is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. The agency manages 41​ state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 350 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. CPW issues hunting and fishing licenses, conducts research to improve wildlife management activities, protects high priority wildlife habitat through acquisitions and partnerships, provides technical assistance to private and other public landowners concerning wildlife and habitat management and develops programs to understand, protect and recover threatened and endangered species.  

CPW also administers the state's trail program and registers boats, snowmobiles, off-highway vehicles and river outfitters. Parks and Wildlife employees and their partners work together to provide ongoing and outstanding customer service through recreational programs, amenities, and services. Regulations are established by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.


2015 Strategic Plan Cover.Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan

The strategic plan identifies six goals that the agency will work towards in order to achieve CPW’s mission and vision.

These goals are:

  • Goal I - Conserve wildlife and habitat to ensure healthy sustainable populations and ecosystems.
  • Goal II - Manage state parks for world class outdoor recreation.
  • Goal III - Achieve and maintain financial sustainability.
  • Goal IV - Maintain dedicated personnel and volunteers.
  • Goal V - Increase awareness and trust for CPW.
  • Goal VI - Connect people to Colorado’s outdoors.

For more information, pleased read the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan .


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  • CPW eNews: Get personalized news and information from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. CPW publishes weekly newsletters, with each edition focused on topics including Colorado's state parks, fishing, hunting, trails and recreation, and conservation. Choose the newsletters that are most important to you. Subscribers also receive breaking news and regional event information specifically tailored to your interests and location.

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​​​​​Nondiscrimination ​

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) receives federal financial assistance from multiple bureaus within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as amended), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ​Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age. In addition, CPW adheres to all antidiscrimination laws of the state of Colorado. ​​If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any CPW program, activity, or facility, you may file a complaint, as follows: ​​Notic​e of Nondiscrimination and Grievance Procedure

For more information on how to request an accommodation​ please visit our Accessibility​​​​​​ page.