State Trust Lands in Colorado currently total nearly 3 million surface acres, but you can't hunt or fish on all of it. Public access for hunting and fishing on 973,000 acres of State Trust Land (STL) is made possible through the Public Access Program, a lease agreement between the State Land Board and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Signs at individual properties describe allowed uses, rules and time frames for use. For more information, see the State Land Board Public Access on Trust Land page.
State Trust Lands include about three million acres of state-owned lands used for a specific purpose — to generate revenue and provide financial support for Colorado public schools (K-12) and other public institutions.
Lands enrolled in the Public Access Program are open seasonally for hunting and fishing. The listings on the following pages provide information regarding allowable uses, site-specific rules and timeframes for use. Most lands are not accessible by vehicle, ATVs, or snowmobiles, and there may be additional restrictions on parking and off-road driving. Unauthorized use or activity on these lands may be subject to enforcement from CPW officers or local authorities.
Most properties are open seasonally for hunting and fishing from Sept. 1 through the end of February, unless listed otherwise in this brochure. Enrolled lands are closed to public access all other times of the year. The State Land Board leases most properties for other uses as well, such as livestock grazing, farming, or mining. Please be respectful of these other authorized uses on these lands.
Public Access Lands are located all around Colorado. For more information, please see the Colorado Recreational Lands Brochure index, descriptions, and maps.