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We work to maintain and create Access to important recreation areas across Colorado.  Our ability to recreate is based on our ability to access recreation destinations.  Access is granted through land management designations, property throughways, and use decisions.  CMC was instrumental in allowing public access on Mt. Bross, and we continue to work with public and private land managers to allow recreational access throughout the state.


PRIVATE LANDS  56.7% of land in Colorado is private. From 14,053 ft. Culebra Peak on down, these lands are unaccessible. We're working with land trusts and private owners to open these lands to public recreation, thereby granting widespread access and incentivizing owners to maintain them as undeveloped. 

FEDERAL LANDS  On January 7, Senator Lambert introduced SB 15-039 (text of the bill here) which would allow state authority over federal lands. We're joining with sportsmen and conservationists to oppose SB 15-039 and ensure that we maintain recreational access to Colorado's federal lands.   

LAND USE DESIGNATIONS  State and federal agencies and counties and municipalities designate land use based on complex matrices of legislative and policy determinations. We monitor all changing use designations and advocate for the maintenance of human powered recreation access across the state. 



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