After the completion of a successful land swap between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and ExxonMobil, the Colorow Mountain State Wildlife Area near Meeker is now open to hunters, outdoor recreationists and the general public. The agency is encouraging everyone to enjoy the newest addition to the nearly 350 state wildlife area across Colorado.

The properties are typically purchased with revenue generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Colorow Mountain SWA was acquired by exchange under terms negotiated by CPW and ExxonMobil.

Under state law, CPW is required to manage the areas for the benefit of wildlife.

“We thank ExxonMobil for their cooperation in this mutually beneficial land swap,” said Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie. “The public, hunters and of course the wildlife will benefit from the excellent habitat found on this new state wildlife area.”

The acquisition not only opened up new lands to hunting and recreation, it also allows access to several sections of Bureau of Land Management lands north of Colorow Mountain SWA, added de Vergie.

Under the terms of the exchange, ExxonMobil received over 900 acres of CPW land located adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 5, known as the Square S hayfields. In return, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received over 1,500 acres that comprise the new SWA, located north of Highway 64 and Rio Blanco Lake SWA, northwest of Meeker.

Colorow Mountain SWA will be managed for both off-highway and conventional passenger vehicles. In addition, a portion is limited to foot and horseback only.  Camping will be allowed in designated areas and visitors are asked to follow all regulations that can be found at and on signs posted on the property.

For more information about State Wildlife Areas, visit

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