Regional Fact Sheets
The Southwest Region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Birders flock to the region, along with the hunters, hikers, boaters and bikers that all enjoy the varied landscapes in the region. See how CPW programs make an impact in the Southwest.
The Northwest Region is an hunting, angling and outdoor recreation paradise in any season. From managing the country’s largest elk herds to grooming snowmobile trails, CPW helps outdoor recreation thrive as an economic driver in the region.
The varied landscapes, recreational opportunities and major urban centers of the Northeast Region create unique resource demands. Discover how CPW helps enhance and balance the area’s growing needs for recreation, wildlife and working lands.
Check Out Colorado State Parks
In partnership with Colorado Department of Education, State Library and local library systems, Colorado Parks and Wildlife launched the “Check Out Colorado State Parks” program in 2016. This program provides 297 Colorado libraries with two park passes and adventure backpacks filled with binoculars, tools and suggested educational activities. Discover how we met our goal of reaching new and underserved populations.
Researching the Best Fish Food
Producing nearly 3 million catchable rainbow trout each year is no small task, nor is it a cheap one. CPW aquatic biologists wanted to ensure that the costs to rear these fish were maximized, not only considering the price of food, but understanding the effects of different feeds on survival growth rate, fish size, appearance and taste. Learn about our aquatic team’s efforts and how we found unexpected cost savings.
CPW Volunteer Impact
More than giving time, energy and enthusiasm to every project and park they touch, CPW Volunteers make a tremendous impact on the agency financially. In FY 16-17 alone, our volunteers gave over 300,000 hours across various opportunities. Whether greeting campers at our state parks, helping restore critical habitat, or teaching the next generation of hunters and anglers, volunteers contributed the labor hour equivalent of dozens of full-time employees.
Wildlife Habitat Program
The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) is a program that offers funding for private landowners who wish to help protect important wildlife habitat and provide wildlife-related recreational access to the public. The CWHP has invested $138,000,000 in the past decade to protect a total of 250,000 acres, including approximately 36 miles around the state for fishing access.
State Trails Program
Trail-related recreation, both non-motorized and motorized, continues to be the most popular type of recreation in Colorado. Trails are how many residents and visitors connect to Colorado’s nature and wildlife. Since 2000, CPW’s Trails Program has distributed over $102 million for trail grants and capital improvements that benefit year round trail use.
CPW has a long-standing history of supporting and promoting shooting sports. Excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition are a key source of wildlife conservation funding. CPW awards up to $500,000 in shooting range grants and partners with the National Archery in the Schools Program to provide archery instruction in over 120 Colorado schools annually.
Fishing is Fun Grant Program
Over the past 30 years, the CPW Fishing Is Fun grant program has supported more than 300 angling improvement projects statewide. Program funding comes from the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program, and matching funds are required. These projects provide better access, new angling opportunities and education to benefit new and youth anglers in the state.
Research and Planning
The Outdoor Recreation Economy
Outdoor recreation is among our nation's largest economic sectors, with American consumers spending more than on pharmaceuticals and fuel combined. Discover why investment in outdoor recreation results in healthier communities and healthier economies.
Outdoor Recreation in Colorado
Outdoor recreation thrives in Colorado, leading to a high quality of life, providing 229,000 jobs, drawing tourism and helping communities grow socially and economically.
The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) serves as a framework for the state’s recreational planning and enhancement. See how Colorado Parks and Wildlife and our many private and public partners are taking steps to strengthen and broaden our outdoor recreation community.
For additional information on the SCORP background, surveys, statewide recreation maps and the full downloadable 2019 SCORP Report, visit the SCORP page.