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Walk-in Access Program
Hunter, Nathane, poses with his harvested birds next to a walk-in access program sign. Photo by Ed Gorman, CPW
The season has ended. Text and maps are left for reference purposes. 2024-2025 season updates and maps will be posted in late August.

Continuing in 2023: Big game hunting will be available on certain Walk-in Access Properties!​

Big Game and Small Game Property SignIMPORTANT: Big game hunters thinking of applying for big game licenses in spring, on the basis of hunting on Walk-In Access (WIA) properties, must consider that each property is enrolled on an annual basis in July of each year. There can be significant turnover in properties that are available each year. 

How to Know What Species Can be Hunted 

Hunters should be aware that many WIA properties will be open for both small game and big game, while other properties will remain small game only. 

Please see the Regular Walk-In Access brochure for additional details and properties. Note: Most big game properties are enrolled for the Regular Walk-in Access Brochure. Some big game properties will be added to the Late Cropland Walk-In Access brochure.​

Program Details

Hunters note: Access dates for walk-in access (WIA) properties do not supersede normal small game hunting season dates. Regardless of access dates for WIA properties, when a particular game species season is closed, hunters cannot pursue that game species on the basis of the WIA program’s access dates.   

Public access is allowed to these properties during one of four timeframes:

    1. From September 1 through the end of February annually for lands enrolled and posted as Regular Season Walk-In Access properties;

    2. From the opening day of pheasant season through the end of February annually for lands enrolled and posted as Late Season Cropland Walk-In Access properties;

    3. From the opening day of pheasant season through the end of March annually for lands enrolled and posted as Extended Walk-In Access properties;

    4. From September 1 through the end of December annually for lands enrolled and posted as Big Game Walk-In Access Properties.

Access is by foot only. Access is for hunting only; all other activities are prohibited. Additional regulations can be found in either Walk-In Access Atlas. 

In addition, some properties are signed and regulated to reduce conflicts with landowners who are harvesting crops. This is most often a concern early in the pheasant season when landowners are still combining corn in center pivot circles with pivot corners planted to habitat and opened for access. When you see landowners harvesting crops, please respect that crop harvest is a very stressful time for landowners and give them the space they need to safely harvest. 

Closed walk-in sign In most cases, corners will only be closed for a day or two while the landowner completes harvest. All sprinkler corners will be posted with closure signs in addition to regular boundary signs. Adhering to this temporary closure will help us maintain excellent working relations with landowners, and will contribute to keeping high-quality sprinkler corners open to public walk-in hunting.

Hunters may download individual maps below.  

Hunting licenses and habitat stamps are available for sale online & by phone. Remember, licenses are now by season-year. See "License Requirements" within the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure


Hunters can contribute greatly to the Walk-In Access Program's success by remembering one of the program's core rules: Be considerate of the landowners who choose to participate in the program and those who do not participate. Other guidelines for the use of these properties include: 

  • Public access to these private parcels will be permitted for hunting small game, waterfowl and furbearers only. Many properties are open to big game hunting, as well. Please consult field signage, along with the brochure maps before hunting.​

  • All hunting must occur during established seasons as listed in the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure or Big Game Brochure

  • Park where there is no danger of fire. This is always crucial in Colorado!

  • Leave no trash in fields. 

  • Do not clean game in or along the edges of walk-in access properties.  

  • Determine field boundaries before hunting.  

  • Small game hunters will have access to walk-in properties during big game seasons.  

  • Hunters must walk into enrolled properties.  

2023 Walk-in Access Maps

​Hunters should not hunt on any properties that have not been posted with the Walk-in Access Boundary signs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides Walk-In Access property boundaries in our online interactive Hunting Atlas​. After opening the Hunting Atlas look for "Walk In Access" under the map layers.

Download field boundaries in Google Earth KMZ format.

​CPW now has a GeoPDF App!​

Learn more and download from the Colora​do Outdoors blog article. Other GeoPDF apps include: Avenza's PDF Maps Ap​p, Global Mapper and TerraGo Mobile.​

Download Geospatial Maps

​Hunters can download Geospatial PDF maps (see list below), brow​se the proper​​ties, and bring up coordinates on your computer at home. Using the geospatial location tool within Adobe Acrobat or Reader you can access lat/lon information.