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Colorado Future State Parks Criteria
Colorado Future State Parks Criteria

Looking Across Colorado for Places to Provide Outstanding Outdoor Recreation

​​​​​​​​​​​​Wagon in front of rocks at Roxborough State Park
Thank you to everyone who provided comments on criteria that will help guide the creation of future state parks and expansion of existing state parks. CPW received over 1,000 public comments. This input was carefully considered in finalizing these Future State Parks Criteria.

Future State Parks Criteria

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Boy fishing at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area State Park

Future State Parks Criteria

CPW's vision is that Colorado’s state parks connect people to natural wonders. Every state park should offer a unique place to experience Colorado and live life outside. To accomplish this vision, future Colorado state parks will support a system of state parks that:

Provides outstanding nature-based recreation. Everyone regardless of age, abilities or interest, is connected to Colorado's diverse landscapes. Exceptional nature-based recreation provides for visitor education and enjoyment.
Conserves natural resources. Large natural areas conserve resources and sensitive habitats. They also allow for sustainable outdoor recreation. Connections to conserved public and private lands advance landscape-scale conservation.

Meets Colorado’s needs. Attention is given to locations that will benefit from new outdoor recreation opportunities and resource conservation. Factors include distance to population centers, visitation demand, and ease of access. Future state parks are innovative, offer a range of amenities and experiences, and provide for evolving outdoor recreation interests. Colorado’s state parks system can adapt to changes in society, the environment and technology.

Provides community value. Future state parks engage nearby communities. Local economies and quality of life improve by having a state park. The benefits of Colorado’s state park system are available to everyone with attention to being inclusive and accessible.

Supports a financially sustainable system. Looking into the future and park system-wide, new state parks are financially practical, considering acquisition, development, operations and management.