About the State Land Board

The Colorado State Land Board owns, stewards, and leases four million acres of trust land in order to earn money for Colorado public schools. We've earned $1.4 billion for school kids in the past decade.

We are guided by our 2026 Strategic Plan's four bold goals. Read the plan

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Our History

In 1876, the Colorado Constitution created the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners (State Land Board), which manages lands that the Federal Government granted to Colorado in public trust. 

We are the second-largest landowner in Colorado, with 2.8 million surface acres and 4.0 million mineral estate acres.  A dual mission guides State Land Board management of these assets: to produce reasonable and consistent income over time, and to provide sound stewardship of the state trust assets.  Our lands are held in eight public land trusts, which benefit public schools and public institutions. 

State Land Board revenue entirely funds its operations, and the agency does not rely on tax dollars. Watch our short video about how we earned $1.4 billion for Colorado public schools: 


Lease with us

We lease trust land in order to earn money for school kids. Lessees must comply with our strict land stewardship guidelines.