1963 – State Parks was merged with the Division of Wildlife.
1971 – The State Recreational Trails Program was created.
1972 – State Parks and the Division of Wildlife were separated.
1977 – State Parks was requested to manage the snowmobile program for the state.
1984 – State Parks became responsible for licensing river outfitters.
1990 – State parks began managing the off-highway vehicle program.
1992 - Voters approved the Great Outdoors Colorado constitutional amendment directing Colorado Lottery revenues to the outdoors, including 10 percent directly to state Parks and Wildlife division. About half goes to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund, which in turns grants money to the agency.
2011 - Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife are merged into Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Currently there are forty-two State Parks open to the public. The most recent, Staunton, opened in 2013. Lone Mesa will open in the coming years.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is a layman's group of eleven members who are appointed by the Governor with legislative approval. The Board is charged with representing various geographic regions of the state while providing oversight and setting agency policy in a democratic way to assure the agency is responsive to the citizens of Colorado. This board meets every other month to review and set policy.