Colorado Recreational Trails Committee
The Colorado Recreational Trails Committee consists of eleven members (current roster) appointed by the
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission representing Colorado’s eight congressional districts, two at-large members that represent OHV and snowmobile interests, and one member who represents the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board.
Section 33-11-105 of the Colorado Revised Statutes and the Commission's Recreational State Trails Committee Policy establishes and refines the Committee’s membership and representation requirements. In accordance with state statute, the State Recreational Trails Committee reviews, scores, and ranks grant applications and formulates funding recommendations to the Commission for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division’s (CPW) Trail Grant Programs. The Trails Committee advises the Commission and CPW on all matters pertaining to trails, their use, extent, location and funding.
Trail Grant Application Review Process
The Colorado Recreational Trails Committee (the Committee) is responsible for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) trail grant
(Non-Motorized, LWCF, and Motorized) application review process and makes recommendations to the CPW Commission regarding funding strategies for grants.
Public Comments: are invited for all grant applications at each step of the review process (upon submission and posting of the application, before the subcommittees, before the State Recreational Trails Committee and before the Parks and Wildlife Commission) and every public comment is evaluated as part of a subcommittee's grant review and ranking process.
Trail Grant Application review and ranking process follows this review and approval protocol:
All grant applications are first reviewed by CPW wildlife field biologists and regional CPW staff. CPW's field staff will attempt to resolve any concerns prior to the subcommittees review.
Applications are then posted online on the trails grants pages and evaluated by the grant review and ranking subcommittees which score and rank the trail grant applications in order of their recommended funding priority.
The ranked applications are then passed to the Committee which evaluates the applications in ranked order and recommends funding strategies to the Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The Commission provides the final funding approval to the projects receiving grant allocations.
Once the annual trail grant selection process is completed, the Committee reviews the previous grant applications, and reviews policies and procedures for the next year's grant program.