Partnerships play a great role in the success of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For future accomplishments, State Parks has to continuously seek assistance from other agencies, volunteers, local constituency groups, the private sector, and individuals through partnerships.
During the coming years it will be even more important for State Parks to also serve as a statewide organizer for planning and partnership efforts by recreation professionals, constituents, and others.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife have a wide variety of partners including state and federal agencies, associations and non-profits, private entities, county and city agencies, and many more. Great Outdoor Colorado and the Colorado Lottery are two of the most important partnerships to Colorado State Parks.
To learn more about our partners, please click on a link below.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
USDA Forest Service
National Park Service (NPS)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
In an effort to protect and preserve the State of Colorado's outdoor heritage, the GOCO Trust Fund was created. According to Article XXVII of the Colorado Constitution, a portion of state lottery proceeds goes to the GOCO Fund, which is then used for projects that preserve, protect and enhance wildlife, parks, trails and open spaces. Since 1994 GOCO has granted approximately $489 million for 2,100 projects throughout the state of Colorado.
The Colorado Lottery was created in 1982, when the General Assembly approved a bill implementing a state-supervised lottery. The Colorado Lottery is part of the Colorado Department of Revenue
Currently, Colorado Lottery proceeds are distributed according the 1992 amendment to the state constitution. The current proceeds formula is as follows:
• 10% to State Parks
• 40% to the Conservation Trust Fund
• Up to 50% to GOCO
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Division of Wildlife (DOW)
State Land Board
Division of Forestry (Colorado State Forest Service)
Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC)
Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)
Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
Colorado Tourism Office (CTO)
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
County and City Partners
Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)
(Boulder County Open Space, Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Denver Parks and Recreation, Douglas County Open Space, Jefferson County Open Space, Larimer County Parks and Open Space)