We welcome proposals for recreation leases on state trust land. Examples of recreation leases include:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Shooting ranges
  • Archery clubs
  • Bird watching
  • Other innovative ideas you have!

How can we can help you?



What’s publicly accessible?

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.

  • Sportsmen can enjoy nearly 500,000 acres of state trust land through the Public Access Program. Access is limited. 
  • 300,000 acres of land is leased for private recreation with limited public access depending on the lease. 

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.



Overlapping Agriculture and Recreation Leases

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.

  • ~95 percent of trust land is leased for agriculture.
  • ~33% percent of trust land is leased for recreation.

​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.

FAQs - Public Access

FAQs - Leasing

Forms and Instructions