Policy Advocacy

Our Policy Areas of Focus

These are some of the issues and policy areas where we focus our time and resources to lobby on behalf out public lands, outdoor recreation, search and rescue, and conservation. Everything we do is supported by our members and readers. Thank you!

Colorado Recreational Use Statute (CRUS)

We led the campaign to update the Colorado Recreational Use Statute (CRUS) in 2023 and 2024. In 2019, following a $7.3 million lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force, the Academy, 14ers, and trails started closing to access due to liability concerns. We worked with 49 organizations to write and pass SB-58, address landowner concerns, and restore and protect access to the peaks.

Colorado Public Land Corner Crossing

Across Colorado, many public lands are intermixed with private property in a checkerboard pattern due to historical reasons. As a result, 100,000+ acres of publicly owned land share a corner with public land but are otherwise cut off and inaccessible. We are in the early stages of finding a legislative solution that clarifies the legality of ‘corner crossing’ to visit these areas.

Funding Public Lands (State & Federal)

Public lands across the country are severely underfunded, with significant deferred maintenance and outdated infrastructure that threatens their longterm preservation and public access. We actively support policy solutions to expand funding for public lands, both state and federal, that take a balanced and equitable approach to budgeting and tax policy.

Transponder Lane at Rocky Mountain National Park
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