Colorado features an abundance of public hunting and fishing opportunities including state-owned areas, National Forests and BLM lands.

Big Game Access Program

• Located primarily in southeast Colorado

• Provides hunters with access to big game opportunities on private lands (primarily for antelope)

• About 147,000 acres of private lands currently enrolled

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

• 23,467 acres

• Waterfowl hunting is excellent

• A limited draw hunt for elk is also held

Basalt State Wildlife Area

• 4,806 acres; provides access to additional 2,000 acres of BLM lands

• Provides access to Fryingpan River and exceptional trout fishing

• Hunting for deer, elk, bighorn sheep and blue grouse

White River National Forest

• 2.3 million acres

• Nation’s top recreational forest

• Excellent trout fishing (rivers, streams, high country lakes) and big-game hunting

Pike National Forest

• 1.1 million acres, located near Denver

• Includes numerous wilderness areas, including the 106,000-acre Lost Creek wilderness

• Excellent trout fishing and big game hunting opportunities

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

• 2.9 million acres in north-central Colorado

• Extends into Wyoming grasslands habitat

• Miles of rivers and streams offer excellent fishing, big-game hunting abundant

Rio Grande National Forest

• 1.82 million acres in south-central Colorado

• Dozens of campgrounds offering first-come, first-serve sites

• 80 lakes and 150 streams including the Gold Medal designated Rio Grande offer excellent fishing opportunities

Adobe Creek State Reservoir

• 4,829 acres in southeast Colorado

• Includes Blue Lake which offers fishing for walleye, crappie, bass, muskie

• Deer, antelope and small game hunting opportunities on surrounding lands

Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area

• 1,376 acres

• Provides access to South Platte River

• Catch-and-release fishing for trophy brown and rainbow trout

Plateau Creek State Wildlife Area

• Provides access to Grand Mesa National Forest

• Area is noted for its deer hunting

• Semi-desert grassland habitat also offers good bird hunting

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Mt. Sopris, White River National Forest

Photo credit: flickr