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Wildlife officials focus on project to aid with management of Larimer County elk herds

Portions of the project were made possible thanks to funding support from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Habitat Partnership Program that is funded by revenue from the sale of big game licenses.

Roxborough State Park’s naturalist guided activities in July

ROXBOROUGH, Colo. – Come join the fun, learn about nature and watch Roxborough State Park change with the seasons. Park naturalists will lead you on a journey of discovery through our guided hikes and activities.   Programs, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, are free; however, please remember that all vehicles entering the park must purchase an $8 daily pass or display a valid annual pass. Most programs require reservations. For information and to register for programs call the park at 303-973-3959.   Please sign up for all programs (exceptRead More


LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – On June 30, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials were met with a blizzard and 34-degree temperatures at Zimmerman Lake while conducting its greenback cutthroat trout spawning operation. This video from Senior Video Producer Jerry Neal highlights the dedication of CPW’s aquatics staff working in these winter-like conditions, even if it says summer on the calendar. [Link to video] – https://vimeo.com/434428021 While teamed up with CPW Cutthroat Trout Research Scientist Kevin Rogers, the Northeast Aquatics team collected spawn and mark recapture data from the greenback cutthroat trout “broodstock”Read More

Operation Dry Water aims to reduce boating under the influence this holiday weekend

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be a part of Operation Dry Water July 3-July 5, with increased patrols to enforce boating under the influence (BUI) laws over the holiday weekend.

Gov. Polis signs funding bill to aid CPW in developing next state park

Jared Polis signed into law Monday a bill that provides $1 million to support Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s development of Colorado’s next state park.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins to reopen state park campgrounds May 12

Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins to reopen state park campgrounds May 12. CPW is collaborating with local partners to ensure a safe and organized welcome back to visitors.

Camping at Colorado State Parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain Closed until Further Notice

DENVER – Camping at Colorado state parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain closed until further notice, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) works to implement system-wide safety protocols related to social distancing in campgrounds.  Customer, volunteer, and employee safety remain a top priority. CPW is committed to providing park services at the highest level possible while also ensuring public safety. System camping cancellations will be sent via email. Currently, no definitive date is known for when sites will reopen.  “We understand the strain these continued closures put on allRead More

Paddleboarders are urged to be careful on the water — wear a PFD and be wary of the ice cold water.

RIDGWAY, Colo. – As temperatures rise and Coloradans head to the state’s rivers and reservoirs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife remind recreationists to be safe on – and off – the water.  Those eager to get out on the paddleboard must follow the state’s Safer at Home orders, and only travel within 10 miles from your homes. Paddleboarders must also be aware of county restrictions, and follow their local public health orders when planning a trip.  Paddleboarders living close to recreational waters must be especially careful when heading out. The springRead More

Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) Now Open; Submissions due May 18

The CWHP is a statewide program that supports CPW’s mission by offering funding opportunities to private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitats on their property, and/or provide wildlife-related recreational access to the public.  

Elk rescued from mine shaft

Women find elk in old mine shaft; animal rescued