How is Colorado Parks and Wildlife Funded?
Although CPW became a merged agency in 2011, state statute and federal regulations require that the budgets for parks and wildlife remain separate. Annual revenue and expenditures for each budget are provided in the charts below.
Additional detail regarding CPW’s sources and uses of funds can be found in the
Sources & Use of Funds fact sheet.
CPW employs a user-pays model of funding in which hunting and fishing licenses, federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, motorized recreation vehicle registrations, and park-generated pass revenue comprise the majority of CPW’s proceeds.
Note: CPW's expenditures do not tie directly to its revenues in a given year.
How You Can Help
- Spread the word! Make sure that your friends and neighbors realize how valuable license fees, parks fees and registrations are to CPW's operations.
- Step outside your comfort zone! Try a new CPW activity that you haven't tried before.
- Continue to purchase your CPW products every year, and keep participating in the outdoor activities you love.
Thank you for moving our programs forward with your fees and participation.