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What is a State Wildlife Area?

State Wildlife Areas (SWAs) are state- or privately-owned lands that offer wildlife-related recreation to the public. While most activities focus on hunting and fishing, each SWA has different allowed activities, based on location and available resources. These parcels of SWA land are paid for by sportspeople and managed under state law by Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees for the benefit of wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages about 350 SWA lands around the state. For more information, please see the Colorado State Recreation Lands brochure.

A valid hunting or fishing license OR SWA pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area. For more information, read the frequently asked questions.

These can be purchased through CPW authorized sales agents, by phone (1-800-244-5613) or online at CPWShop.

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