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For additional questions, please contact the District Office or Main Office at 303-866-3454.


How many acres in each county is public land? top
The State Land Board has no public land. But, the State Land Board leases approximately 540,000 acres to the Division of Wildlife for wildlife-related recreation. In several cases, the tracts provide or improve access to adjacent state wildlife areas, BLM, or U.S. Forest property. A list of the counties and acres leased to the Division of Wildlife can be found in the 2008 Colorado State Trust Lands brochure. The brochures are available at State Land Board offices or online at: http://www.wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/92E6A12D-921E-4824-A2D5-E82659410103/0/statetrustlands.pdf

How do I find out who leases a particular piece of State Trust Land? top
Call the District Office with the Legal Description (Section, Township and Range) or search by legal description using the public computer in the Main Office in Denver during office hours.

I want to purchase State Trust Land. What is available? top
Contact the District Office for the area you are interested in.

I want to lease State Trust Land. What is available? top
Contact the District Office for the area you are interested in. In addition, expiring lease reports are sent to the local county offices and posted on the State Land Board website on a quarterly basis: http://trustlands.state.co.us/Sections/FieldOperations/Pages/FieldOperations.aspx

I am interested in bidding on State Trust Land that is currently leased to another person. What is involved? top
First, find out when the lease expires. You can call or visit our offices to obtain this information. Fill out an application and submit your best and highest bid to the appropriate District Office no later than 180 days prior to lease expiration. The District Office will then evaluate each applicant based on stewardship, revenue and stability of the local agricultural community. For more detailed information download the forms from the Field Operations forms page:  http://trustlands.state.co.us/Sections/FieldOperations/Pages/Forms.aspx

How do I assign a State Trust agricultural lease and what will it cost? top
Contact the District Office to begin the assignment process. Applicants must comply with established Board Policies concerning agricultural lease assignments. Currently the nonrefundable application fee is $100 and the consideration fee is 50% of the annual rent or 50% of the amount paid for the lease whichever is higher. For example, if the rent is $1,500 per year, you would pay the $100 application fee plus the $750 consideration fee (based on rent) which totals $850. Applications are available at State Land Board offices or for download from the Field Operations forms page: http://trustlands.state.co.us/Sections/FieldOperations/Pages/Forms.aspx

How do I get a copy of a State Trust Lease? top
Contact the District Office or come into the Main Office at: 1127 Sherman Street, Room 300, Denver, CO 80203

Please explain the methodology for Grazing rate increases. top
The Board learns how much private lease rates have changed using results from a statewide survey of private grazing lease rates conducted by the USDA/Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service (CASS). This survey is usually conducted every three years. The most recent survey was completed during 2007. Using this data, the Board may adjust rates to reflect the changes in private rates. Currently, the Land Board rates are approximately 65% of private rates, recognizing that many of the improvements on the state land may be owned and maintained by the lessee.

How are Dry Crop rents calculated? top
Rent on leases with dry crop production is adjusted annually, reflecting the average county wheat production during the past ten years. The Board’s intent is to keep dry crop rental rates in line with private lease rates.

Explain common leasehold relationship. top
Each one will require different actions upon the death of a lessee. Following is a brief summary of those actions:

  • Joint Tenant: The Board will automatically transfer the deceased lessee’s leasehold interest to the remaining joint tenant(s).
  • Individual: The personal representative (PR) may apply for an assignment of the entire lease (if the remaining lease term exceeds 240 days), request an early cancellation of the lease or allow the lease to expire and relinquish all lease rights.
  • Tenants in Common: The personal representative (PR) may apply for an assignment of the deceased lessee’s interest in the lease (if the remaining lease term exceeds 240 days),
    request an early cancellation of the lease or allow the lease to expire and relinquish all lease rights of the deceased lessee only.

What action is required when a lessee dies? top
Whenever a lessee dies, it is important that the local office of the State Land Board receive notification in a timely manner, per Section 5 B. of the lease. Upon receipt of this notification the staff will work with the family or personal representative (PR) of the deceased as it concerns the leasehold interest of
the deceased. The State Land Board does not have an interest in allowing an Estate to remain as a lessee for an indefinite period and will not renew a lease to an Estate.
Therefore, it is important that the representative of the Estate seek approval from the Board for any action to convey the lease to another party before 240 days prior to expiration. If the lease will expire in less than 240 days, the lease cannot be assigned.

I need to know if you received my check for my State Trust Lease and how much rent, late fees and interest I owe. top
Contact your District Office.

I need help managing the noxious weeds on my state lease. top
Contact your District Office. Cost-share funds may be available. For technical or planning advice, contact your local county weed manager.

What is the process for filing a Colorado Open Records Request? top
Send CORA Request to:

State Board of Land Commissioners
CORA Manager
1127 Sherman Street #300
Denver, CO 80203
FAX: 303-866-3152

How do I file a Quit Claim Deed? top
Contact the County Clerk and Recorder where the property is located.

“No Trespassing” signs are posted on State Trust Land near me, why? Isn’t this public land? top
The federal government endowed the State Trust Lands to Colorado in 1876, the year the Centennial State officially joined the union. Because these lands are held in trust, they are virtually private. As such, they are closed to the public. We lease these lands to collect revenues that are earmarked for eight beneficiaries, the largest of which is Colorado's K-12 public school system.

What State Trust Land is available for me to hunt or fish on? top
State Trust Lands are not open to the public. To enter these lands without written permission from the State Land Board is considered trespassing. The Colorado Division of Wildlife leases trust land and makes it available for wildlife related activities. Brochures can be obtained at State Land Board offices or online at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/92E6A12D-921E-4824-A2D5-E82659410103/0/statetrustlands.pdf

How do I find out if the property I want to hunt on is State Trust Land? top
You can find this information, including a legal description, in many maps that show land ownership. For example, “The Roads of Colorado” by MAPSCO.

How do I find out who leases the State Trust Land that I want to hunt on? top
Our database is organized by legal description. If you have the legal description, you may call the District Office or access the public computer in the Denver Office. We can help you determine if the property is State Trust Land and leased for private recreation or enrolled in the Public Access Program with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. For more information on the Public Access Program, contact DOW or access their website at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateTrustLands

Who may hunt on state leases? top
Depends upon the lease type. Some parcels do not allow any type of hunting at all and it may be necessary to check with the SLB main office or District office to clarify:

  • Agricultural: An agriculture lessee may hunt on his state lease and allow others to hunt on the lease provided the lessee gains no financial or commercial benefit. All hunters must follow the same rules (e.g., access, vehicle use, etc.) as the general public for land leased to Colorado Division of Wildlife for seasonal use.
  • Recreational: A private recreation lessee or his outfitters may charge for hunting or crossing land.

What is the process to obtain a Private Land Owner hunting license? top
Contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife to get information on Private Land Owner tags and the requirements for obtaining them.

 

For additional questions, please contact the District Office or Main Office at 303-866-3454.