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Larimer County Fire Ban in Effect

Effective August 18 through October 30 at noon, an open fire ban has been issued in unincorporated Larimer County.  Read more about the ban  

A fire ban was issued August 14 until further notice in the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, which includes Hermit Park Open Space.  Read more about the ban


$8.6 million of federal funding to provide infrastructure improvements at reservoirs


$8.6 million of federal funding to provide infrastructure improvements at reservoirs

Engineering design to begin in 2021 with construction occurring in 2025

More about $8.6 million of federal funding to provide infrastructure improvements at reservoirs


Larimer County acquires 1,091-acre ranch bordering Red Mountain Open Space

Hawk Canyon Ranch is a two-mile buffer and scenic backdrop to Red Mountain Open Space, marking a significant addition to the Larimer County property 

More about Larimer County acquires 1,091-acre ranch bordering Red Mountain Open Space


Larimer County and HistoriCorps partner to preserve Horsetooth Mountain Open Space history

Critical restoration work will allow the historic structure to serve as site for historic interpretation and education

More about Larimer County and HistoriCorps partner to preserve Horsetooth Mountain Open Space history


Sat 9:00 AM Devil's Backbone Open Space
Sat 9:00 AM Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Sat 9:00 AM Hermit Park Open Space
Sat 9:00 AM Horsetooth Reservoir

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-designated 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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