Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board


The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board (Board) is an advisory Board established by Governor Jared Polis to evaluate proposals concerning name changes, new names, and name controversies of geographic features and certain public places in the State of Colorado and then making official recommendations to the Governor. 

Primary Duties

The Board will primarily assist and cooperate with the United States Board of Geographic Names (BGN), who gives final determinations for standardizing the names of geographic and natural features.  The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a Federal body created in 1890 and established to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government. It comprises representatives of Federal agencies concerned with geographic information, population, ecology, and management of public lands.

U.S. Department of the Interior Completes Removal of “Sq___” for Federal Use

On September 8, 2022, the US Department of Interior's U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN) voted on the final replacement names for nearly 650 geographic features featuring the word "sq___ " nationally and 28 names in Colorado. The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board (CGNAB) thanks the public for their participation on the Boards consideration of Colorado geographic location names as part of the federal process. Below is a spreadsheet of the list of names considered & adopted by the US BGN, including Colorado's recommendations, and a map of the geographic locations of each renamed feature. 

Meeting Information

November 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda

November 17, 2022 Meeting Packet

November 17, 2022 Meeting Video             


Previous Meetings

October 11, 2022 Meeting Agenda

October 11, 2022 Meeting Packet

October 11, 2022 Meeting Video


August 18, 2022 Meeting Agenda

August 18, 2022 Meeting Packet

August 18, 2022 Meeting Video


May 19, 2022 Meeting Agenda

May 19, 2022 Meeting Packet

May 19, 2022 Meeting Video


April 10, 2022 Process 3404 Recommendations

April 10, 2022 Meeting Agenda

April 10, 2022 Meeting Video


February 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda

February 17, 2022 Meeting Packet

February 17, 2022 Meeting Video

January 20, 2022 Meeting Agenda

January 20, 2022 Meeting Packet

January 20, 2022 Meeting Video


December 16, 2021 Meeting Agenda

December 16, 2021 Meeting Packet

December 16, 2021 Meeting Video


November 18, 2021 Meeting Agenda 

November 18, 2021 Meeting Packet

November 18, 2021 Meeting Video


October 21, 2021 Meeting Agenda

October 21, 2021 Meeting Packet

October 21, 2021 Meeting Video


September 16, 2021 Meeting Agenda

September 16, 2021 Meeting Video

September 16, 2021 Meeting Packet


August 19, 2021 Meeting Packet

August 19, 2021 Meeting Video

August 19, 2021 Meeting Agenda


July 15, 2021 Meeting Minutes

July 15, 2021 Meeting Video

July 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda


June 22, 2021 Meeting Minutes

June 22, 2021 Meeting Video

June 22, 2021 Meeting Agenda


April 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2021 Meeting Video

April 19, 2021 Meeting Agenda


March 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2021 Meeting Video

March 19, 2021 Meeting Agenda


February 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2021 Meeting Video

February 11, 2021 Meeting Agenda


January 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2021 Meeting Video

January 8, 2021 Meeting Agenda


October 28, 2020 Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2020 Meeting Video

October 28, 2020 Meeting Agenda


September 17, 2020 Meeting Agenda

September 17, 2020 Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2020 Meeting Video:

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Part II



Thursday, April 27, 2023

Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board

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Proposals Under Consideration

Future Meetings

Chinamans Canyon to Toisan Canyon in Las Animas County (USBGN Case 5758)

Dead Mexican Gulch to Jose Belardi Gulch in Garfield County (USBGN Case 5765)

Negro Draw to Robinson Draw in Montezuma County (USBGN Case 5557)

Redskin Creek to Ute Creek in Jefferson and Park Counties (USBGN Case 5038)

Redskin Mountain to Mount Jerome in Jefferson County (USBGN Case 5153)

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Individuals or groups interested in proposing a name for a geographic feature must first submit an application through the US Board of Geographic Names. Click on button below to submit a renaming request.

Renaming Application - Online

Renaming Application - PDF

The purpose of the Board is to help review and vet proposals for geographic and place name changes and new names for the entire State. Accordingly, it is important that the members of the Board are familiar with and represent different constituencies across the State. Current membership of the Board includes:

  • Representative Perry Will (R-New Castle )
  • Representative Adrienne Benavidez (D-Adams County)
  • Representative Thomas Exum (D-Colorado Springs)
  • Boulder City Council Member Junie Joseph
  • Grand County Commissioner Richard Cimino
  • Kathryn Redhorse, Executive Director, Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs
  • William Wei, 2019 State Historian, serving as a representative of History Colorado
  • Patricia Limerick, Chair, Center of the American West
  • Karen Ann Berry, Director, Colorado Geological Survey
  • Luis Benitez, Vice President of Government Relations and Global Impact for VF, tourism and outdoor recreation industry representative
  • Charleszine “Terry” Nelson, Blair-Caldwell American Research Library
  • Nicki Gonzales, History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council, Associate Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University
  • Tim Mauck, Deputy Director of the Department of Natural Resources or his or her designee
  • The Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs or his or her designee
  • The Director of the Colorado Tourism Office or his or her designee

Board Membership, Purpose & Scope

General Board Info:

Media Inquiries & CORA requests:

Chris Arend, Communications Director,, 303-264-8615