Updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County

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Fire Restrictions in Effect

Fire restrictions are now in effect in unincorporated Larimer County. Fires are allowed in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion. Fires, such as those in camp stoves and grills, are allowed using gas or pressurized liquid. No smoking allowed outside in open areas, including trails, parks and open spaces.  Read more 


Section of Horsetooth Rock Trail Closed Temporarily for Maintenance


Section of Horsetooth Rock Trail Closed Temporarily for Maintenance

Visitors are encouraged to use the South Ridge Trail as detour to the top of Horsetooth Rock, which remains open

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Six Injured in Boat Explosion at Horsetooth Reservoir

Five agencies partnered in emergency response incident at Inlet Bay on August 8

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Small Grants Available for Neighborhood, Community Projects

Awards looking to support organization, HOA, or K-12 school projects in Larimer County

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Thu 6:00 PM Hermit Park Open Space
Mon 8:00 AM Soderberg Trailhead at Horsetooth Mountain
Sun 8:00 AM Soderberg Trailhead at Horsetooth Mountain
Sun 8:00 AM Soderberg Trailhead at Horsetooth Mountain

Should I wear a face cloth or mask when recreating outdoors?
Yes. Although it is not required, it is highly recommended when visiting any public spaces to wear a homemade mask or face covering when it is difficult to keep a 6 ft distance from others. 

How can we reach you during your office and Visitor Center closure?
All DNR Visitor Centers are open to the public. All of our operations can also be reached via our website, phone, or email. Staff offices and building restrooms remain closed to visiting public. General questions during DNR normal business hours can be directed to 970-619-4563 (Administration Office) or 970-498-5610  (Horsetooth Area Information Center).    

Will we ever close our trails, parks, open spaces?
Our intent is to maintain continuity of operations and keep our parks, trails open! We truly understand and value our role in the community to provide you a place to visit and enjoy during this time.

What health safety precautions have you employed during the pandemic?
More rigorous and regular environmental cleaning has been employed in any public areas. In addition, our automated pay stations are being cleaned multiple times on a daily basis. Also, to support the recommendations to social distance, many DNR employees are now working remotely.

Will trail restrooms still be open?
Yes, vault toilet restrooms at trailheads are open, maintained, and cleaned and disinfected regularly. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to use while on the trail. 

Can I still enter and hike at Horsetooth Mountain?
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space -and all of our parks and open spaces- remain open.

How can I purchase an annual permit?
All annual permits can be purchased on our website. Our staff will process your order and mail it to you. Your email receipt can act as proof of purchase until you receive your physical permit in the mail. Partial refunds of annual permit fees due to closures will not be provided.

How can I purchase a daily permit?
Daily permits are available at automated, self-serve stations prior to entering the parks. These stations are being cleaned multiple times on a daily basis. Permits are required for entrance at most sites.

I have a camping reservation. Are campsites open?
Yes! As of July 1, all campgrounds and methods of camping at Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties are open. Criteria for camping can be found here.  

I do not meet your selective camping criteria. Can I get a refund?
Yes. Until further notice, due to COVID-19 and our desire to stop its spread, we will be issuing refunds on camping reservations that do not meet our requirements.  Please contact our reservation call center at 1-800-397-7795.

I had a large group meeting scheduled at your office. Can we still use your meeting room spaces?
No. Community group gatherings in our indoor meeting room spaces have been canceled until further notice. 

I was supposed to attend one of your volunteer trainings or events. Will those still be happening?
All community group gatherings in our indoor meeting room spaces of any size have been canceled until further notice. 


updated 6/26/20

I have a camping reservation - how do I know if I can come and camp?
As of July 1, campgrounds and all methods of camping are open at Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties. No secondary units are allowed.  Full criteria for camping can be found here.

Are you taking walk-in campers?
No, you can not walk-in after hours and camp. We are allowing same day, walk-in reservations during normal business hours.

Do you have pavilions open for our family to use during our camping stay?
All group pavilions/picnic areas are open. Members of the public are expected to keep distance from others outside your family.

How will I know if my reservation will be valid for future dates?
Reopening camping reservation availability will occur in tandem with guidance from our Health Department. We are actively assessing and evaluating the phases in which we open camping to all. Updates will be posted on our website. 

Can I still go fishing at the reservoir?
Yes, you can still fish along our shorelines, in keeping with distancing protocols with others.

Can I go swimming at the reservoir?
Yes, you can swim in the designated swim beach areas at Horsetooth and Carter (opening June 27). Swimming in non-desginated areas is not allowed. 

Can I go boating in your reservoirs?
Yes. Boating in our reservoirs is open. Complete hours and open ramps can be found here.  New safety protocols have been established to keep our ANS personnel and the public protected during this time. Before arriving, please review the protocols to expedite your entrance into the water. 


(Updated 6/26/20)

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