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We welcome proposals for recreation leases on state trust land. Examples of recreation leases include:
The State Land Board owns 2.8 million acres of land in Colorado. (That’s four percent of our state’s 66.5 million acres.) This land -- called trust land -- is not open to the public.
The public can access trust land only when the property is leased for recreation. 880,000 acres of trust land is currently leased for recreation.
We’ve been constitutionally required to use trust land solely to earn money for public schools since 1876. That means trust land has never been available for public use. Leases -- including recreation leases -- raise more than $100 million annually for Colorado public schools.
Click here to go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Hunting Atlas interactive map.
Trust land properties are often leased for multiple purposes at the same time, such as agriculture and recreation, in order to earn more revenue for Colorado schools.
We encourage agriculture lessees to obtain a recreation lease. Why? Anyone may apply for a private recreation lease on any property that is not already leased for recreation. In other words, a property you lease for agriculture will not be eligible to third-party recreation applicants if you get a private recreation lease first.
Abraham Medina – Recreation Program Manager
303-866-3454 x 3342