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Trails Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Statewide Trails Program Fact SheetSince its establishment in 1971, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Recreational Trails Program has actively encouraged the development of a variety of trails. ​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW) Trails Program, a statewide program within the division, administers grants for trail-related projects on an annual basis. Local, county, and state governments, federal agencies, special recreation districts, and non-profit organizations with management responsibilities over public lands may apply for and are eligible to receive non-motorized and motorized trail grants. Successful trail projects must support the goals of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and the Strategic Plan of the State Trails Program.

H​ow are we doing? Tell us about your experience on one of the many trails Colorado Parks and Wildlife helps maintain and manage. Please contact​

2016 -2026 Statewide Trails Strategic Plan​​​​​

As part of the “Colorado the Beautiful” initiative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife's State Trails Program prepared a Statewide Trails Strat​egic Plan. The “Colorado The Beautiful” Initiative emphasizes protecting Colorado’s outdoors, connecting people to the outdoors and linking outdoor areas in Colorado. During the strategic planning process, valuable public input was utilized​. The plan was approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission​ on September 8, 2016. ​​

View the Final Colorado Trails Strategic Plan on the Statewide Trails Strategic Plan​ page.​​​​​


The motorized (OHV) grant cycle is now open and extends to December 4, 2020. Visit our grant application webpage for details. 

Find other program information on the Trails News page​.

About the Trails Committee

About the Trai​ls Committee

The nine volunteer Trails Committee me​mbers work cooperatively for trails and greenways throughout the state.

OHV Trails & Grants

OHV Programs

The OHV Program provides registration and use permit services for designated OHV trails on Colorado's public lands.

Non-Motorized Trails Program

Non-Motorized Trails

CPW’s Non-Motorized Trails Grant Progr​​​am provides funding for trail planning projects as well as small and large trail construction and maintenance projects.​​



Together, CPW and the Colorado Snowmobile Association (CSA) manage the state snowmobile safety and registration programs.

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Law Enforcement button​​

The OHV Law Enforcement Program has made many efforts in order to ​monitor, educate, and enforce public safety on Colorado Parks and Wildlife land.​

Read more about the Law Enforcement Program.​​

Building a trail on Mount Elbert

Grant Opportunity 

The 2021-2022 OHV Grant Cycle is now OPEN. Colorado OHV Registration Program user fees fund trail maintenance, construction, trailheads, parking areas, support facilities, trail signs, ​maps, and education. We are placing an emphasis on maintenance projects to repair and improve existing trails for this cycle to address resource impacts due to increased visitation in Colorado. Learn more here.

Submission deadine is December 4, 2020.