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The State Land Board issues
for limestone, gypsum, coal, precious metals, other construction materials and other leasable minerals. Leases are offered either through direct negotiation or competitive sealed bid. All solid mineral leases are subject to approval by the board.
For questions or assistance, please contact Steve Freese - Interim Solid Minerals Leasing Manager at 303-866-3454 ext. 3343 (
Projects and Information
What minerals are available for leasing?
The State Land Board considers lease proposals on any leasable mineral. The most common lease types are oil & gas, CO2, coal, sand and gravel, crushed stone, and limestone. Other activities and lease types include water disposal wells, gas storage, geothermal, surface use agreements, no surface occupancy agreements, and mineral non-development leases.
How do I obtain a mineral lease on State Trust Lands?
Solid mineral leases are usually issued through direct negotiation and are subject to a review and approval process that takes a minimum of 60 days. These lease types may also be offered through a planned development process, such as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or other competitive strategy, especially large scale properties. All new lease proposals are subject to board approval.
Am I able to locate state mineral ownership on-line?
The State Land Board's GIS Map Server can be used to locate state trust land minerals.
What are the standard lease terms?
Solid minerals leases carry either a 5- or 10-year primary term. Annual rentals are $3.00 per acre per year. Advance minimum royalty and production royalty are determined at the time the lease is issued, based on the mineral being mined, the potential for production and the location of the mined property.
What are the bond requirements for state leases?
Bonding requirements for Solid Mineral leases may be satisfied by obtaining the required Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety bond. However, additional bonding may be imposed at Board discretion.
Is there a Board Policy to reference?
Yes, there is a
Solid Minerals Development policy
adopted by the Board for this type of leasing. Please note, other
may be applicable as well.
What are the fees associated with Mining leases?
See the State Land Board’s Fees & Payment Considerations schedule for details.
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