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​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.

Hunters and anglers primarily fund fish and wildlife conservation programs, while park visitors support the management of recreational​ lands. This funding is accomplished through purchases of park passes, hunting and fishing licenses, and habitat stamps.


Funding Sources

All Parks and Wildlife Revenue

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Parks and Wildlife Revenue: $329 Million*



General Fund 7%

State & Local Grants 1%

Other Revenue & Donations 4%

Federal Grants 12%

GOCO 11%

Licenses & Passes 55%

Lottery 7%

Registrations 3%




Colorado Parks Revenue

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Parks Revenue: $124 Million


General Fund 14%

State & Local Grants 1%

Other Revenue 5%

Federal Grants 5%

GOCO 15%

Licenses & Passes 37%

Lottery 15%

Registrations 8%




Colorado Wildlife Revenue

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Wildlife Revenue: $196 Million


State & Local Grants 1%

Other Revenue & Donations 3%

Federal Grants 15%

Lottery 1%

General Fund 2%

GOCO 10%

Licenses & Passes 68%



*Almost 3% of Colorado Parks and Wildlife revenues are shared revenue sources.





Where the Money Goes

All Parks and Wildlife Expenditures

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Parks and Wildlife Expenditures: $237 Million*


Environment &
Wildlife Education 2%

Fishing Recreation 8%

Habitat Management 13%

Hunting Recreation 8%

Law Enforcement 5%

Licensing, Registrations,
Policy & Regulations 5%

Organizational Support 29%

Park Recreation 7%

Payments to Other Agencies 7%

Public Information 3%

Trails Recreation 4%

Customer Service 5%

Species Conservation 4%




Colorado Parks Expenditures

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Parks Expenditures: $86 Million


Environment &
Wildlife Education 3%

Habitat Management 8%

Law Enforcement 5%

Licensing, Registrations,
Policy & Regulations 1%

Organizational Support 40%

Park Recreation 18%

Payments to Other Agencies 6%

Public Information 2%

Trails Recreation 13%

Customer Service 4%




Colorado Wildlife Expenditures

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Total Wildlife Expenditures: $144 Million


Environment &
Wildlife Education 2%

Fishing Recreation 10%

Habitat Management 16%

Hunting Recreation 13%

Law Enforcement 5%

Licensing, Registrations,
Policy & Regulations 7%

Organizational Support 24%

Payments to Other Agencies 8%

Public Information 3%

Customer Service 6%

Species Conservation 6%




*About 2.5% of Colorado Parks and Wildlife expenditures are for shared purposes.


How Y​o​​u 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.  
  • Donate​ or volunteer.

​​Thank you for moving our programs forward with your fees and participation.​​