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We’re celebrating Colorado Lottery Conservation Month to highlight impacts of Lottery funds on our state’s outdoors. Lottery proceeds benefit GOCO, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. To date, GOCO has invested $1.3 billion in 5,300 conservation and recreation projects in all 64 counties. Pictured here: Trampe Ranch in Gunnison County, a nearly 6,000-acre cattle ranch conserved with the help of GOCO’s largest-ever single-transaction grant in the amount of $10 million. Learn more »

One of the most iconic projects supported by Lottery proceeds is Greenland Ranch. This 21,000-acre property stretches along the 1-25 corridor between Castle Rock and Monument, creating a buffer protected from development and offering travelers sweeping Colorado views. It was conserved in 2000 with the help of more than $9 million in GOCO funding. Today, Greenland Ranch is still in operation as a cattle ranch and a portion of the property is open for public access. Read on »

Trails are the heart of the Grand Valley. More than $11 million in Lottery proceeds have been invested in the Colorado Riverfront Trail, which connects Palisade, Grand Junction, and Fruita to the Kokopelli system to the west, where users can ride all the way to Moab. This trail and others provide countless recreation opportunities for the area’s residents, have catalyzed other outdoor projects in the region, and support the local economy. Learn more »

Ouray has always been a popular summer destination, but locals used to joke that you could pitch a tent on Main Street at the beginning of winter and not move it until April due to the lack of a winter economy. That all changed in 2011 when the Town purchased property for the Ouray Ice Park with the help of a $193,000 GOCO grant. Today, the ice park draws in climbers and tourists from around the world during the winter months and for the annual ice festival, which supports the area’s small businesses year-round. Read on »

More than $6.2 million in GOCO funding has helped develop Dalla Mountain Park, the Horse Gulch Trail System, Overend Mountain Park, and the Animas River Trail— four iconic recreation destinations in the Durango area. Their trail networks were made possible through Lottery proceeds, local funding, and countless volunteer hours. Today, recreationists of all types have something to enjoy in Durango thanks to the vision and hard work of dedicated community members. Learn more »