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Non-Motorized Trails Grants
Non-Motorized Trails Grants
Volunteers pose on Devil's Head Lookout Trail near Sedalia, CO

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado Non-Motorized Grants Program provides funding for projects to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, while protecting wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources. Funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP), eligible project types include trail construction, maintenance, planning, and support.​

Who can apply?

  • ​Local, ​County, Federal or Tribal government agencies
  • Recreation and Metro District
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Which projects are eligible?

Eligible projects fall under one of the following non-motorized trails grant categories:

  • Construction - New trail or trailhead construction, including the installation or creation of new facilities where none currently exists.
  • Maintenance - Maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing trails and trailheads - Improvement of current trailhead facilities.​
  • Planning - Trail layout, design, engineering, feasibility studies, inventory, use studies, analysis of existing and proposed trails and master plans.
  • Support - Building and enhancement of volunteer organizations, increasing volunteer capacity, and implementing trail training and education.​
  • *NEW* - Trail Stewardship Crews - A pilot category to fund two to eight person trail stewardship crews who complete work on an existing trail system in 2024.

How much funding is available?

Applicants can request up to $250,000 for Construction/Maintenance projects and $45,000 for Planning/Support. 

For Trail Stewardship crews, applicants can request up to $75,000 for 2-4 person crews, and up to $150,000 for 5-8 person crews.

There is no minimum request for any category.

When are applications due?

  • September 5, 2023 - Pre-application submission
  • October 3, 2023 - Full application due

How can I apply?

Application documents ​are available below, along with the Non-Motorized manual which provides detailed guidance for new applicants.

What do I need to do for the pre-application submission?

​All applicants must send a basic project scope that includes a high level overview of your project and a project site map that outlines where work will be performed to trails@st​​​​ by Tuesday, September 5th. This information will be sent to the appropriate CPW Area Wildlife Manager to initiate a pre-application review for identification of potential wildlife concerns. This process provides time for applicants to consider and begin addressing any concerns raised by CPW before the application deadline in October.

How are projects evaluated for wildlife concerns?

​Read the following documents for more information on what to expect during the pre-application and full wildlife review.

CPW recommends that applicants review Colorado's Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind as you prepare your grant application. This guide focuses extensively on collaborative approaches to problem solving to meet both conservation and recreation goals, and includes the current best practices and science to Colorado's land managers, trail advocates, and conservationists engaged in trail planning. Applicants may also consider utilizing the Conservation Data Explorer​ (CODEX).

What if I need help with my application?

To help navigate the application process, a 30-minute webinar will be held to cover application requirements and commonly asked questions. This will be scheduled in mid-August, and the registration link will be posted at that time.

2024 Grant Review Meetings - Denver Area

​​The State Recreational Trails Committee and its grant review and ranking subcommittees meet to review the non-motorized trail grant applications. These meetings are open to the public and provide a platform for verbal comments on the applications.

The 2024 Applicant presentations will be held in a hybrid setup

​​In-person: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 13​787 S. Hwy. 85, Littleton, CO 80125 (downstairs conference room) and via webinar. Presentation schedules, Zoom registration links and public c​omment forms are listed below.



This document is a useful resource for new applicants as well as organizations with existing CPW Trails grants. It provides information on the entire life cycle of non-motorized grants, from application, to selection, to project reporting and completion.

Application templates

*Right click, choose 'Save link as' to download​

Other useful documents


The State of Colorado is committed to providing equitable access to our services to all Coloradans. Please contact​ for personalized accessibility assistance with the documents available for download on this page, which are available in text format upon request.

2024 Submitted grant applications

​Grant applications are listed below by category. The current public comment period is now closed.

Fiscal year 2024 application submissions map

Fiscal year 2024 application submissions map​​

2024 Awarded Grants


2024 Non-motorized and LWCF Grant Awards​

​Region Wildlife Impact Summaries​

2024 grant applications

Construction projects​

  1. Partnership for Stewardship 2024 - Awarded
  2. Country Park Trailhead
  3. Rails to Trails Parking Areas
  4. Ramp & Stairs Improvement Project
  5. Maroon Creek Trail
  6. West Steamboat Trail, Ph. 2 - Awarded
  7. Blodgett Open Space Development - Awarded
  8. Palmer Lake Creekside Trail System
  9. Delta County Miners Trail
  10. Trail Expansion-Ridgway Area Trails Network - Awarded
  11. Paths to Mesa Verde
Maintenance projects

  1. East Harvard Gulch Trail Resurfacing
  2. Roaring Creek, Ph. 2
  3. South Valley Trail Improvement
  4. CDT Maintenance & Stewardship - Awarded
  5. Dry Lake Campground and Trailhead Restoration
  6. Frontcountry Infrastructure Upgrades
  7. Meadow Creek Trail Maintenance - Awarded
  8. Meeker Trail System Maintenance
  9. Burmac Trailhead-Racetrack Trail Improvements
  10. Leadville RD Trail Crew
  11. Mount Shavano, Ph. 2 - Awarded
  12. Oil Well Flats - Awarded
  13. Devils Playground Trail Reroute - Awarded
  14. South San Juan Wilderness Trail Maintenance
Trail Stewardship projects [NEW PILOT]

  1. Blob Rock Climbing Access Trail, Ph. 1
  2. Greeley Trail Stewardship Crew
  3. Larimer County Trail Stewardship - Awarded [Maintenance category]
  4. MRHI Trails Stewardship
  5. Trail Conservation Services 2024 - Awarded
  6. Countywide Trail Maintenance Crew - Awarded
  7. RFMBA Seasonal Trail Crew Program 2024 - Awarded [Maintenance category]
  8. Trail Stewardship Crew Expansion - Awarded
  9. VVMTA Trail Conservation Crew
  10. 2024 Crested Butte Conservation Corps - Awarded
  11. Durango Trails Stewardship Initiative
  12. Gunnison Field Office Trail Stewardship Crew - Awarded [Maintenance category]
  13. Rio Grande NF Trail Stewardship
  14. Trail Maintenance-San Luis Valley Public Lands - Awarded
  15. Wilder Bunch Stewardship Crew 2024 - Awarded [Maintenance category]
Planning projects

  1. Coyote Ridge Open Space Planning
  2. Fall River Trail Final Design - Awarded
  3. Pike NF Trail Condition & Assessment
  4. Poudre River Trail - Narrows Planning - Awarded
  5. Camp Hale Continental Divide Natl. Monument Access - Awarded
  6. Coffman Ranch River Access
  7. Future of Kokopelli Master Plan
  8. GMNC Trail Expansion Planning
  9. Blodgett Peak - USFS Area Planning
  10. Cucharas River Trail
  11. Wormhole Trails System - Awarded
  12. Regional Trails Connectivity
  13. Rito Seco Trail Expansion - Awarded
Support projects

  1. Gear and Volunteer Support
  2. Capacity, Training and Leaders - Awarded
  3. Colorado Regional Representative Support
  4. Advancing Engagement in Volunteer Stewardship
  5. Salida to Leadville Stage & Rail Route Project​​

Land and Water Conservation Fund applications may be viewed on the LWCF page​.

Non-Motorized Recreational Trails grant archive


​​​​​For more information about State Trails Program non-motorized grants, please contact:
Pam O'Ma​lley​ | CPW Grants Administrator
303-791-1957 x4131 |

Fletcher Jacobs | CPW State Trails Program Manager
303-791-1957 x4129 |​

You can also join the non-motorized mailing list ​to receive alerts for grant rounds.