COVID-19 Update

Beginning June 1, all campgrounds and methods of camping are open in Larimer County (excluding cabins and tipis).  All group picnic areas/pavilions and swim beaches are closed to public access.  If camping, please review the following guidance before your stay.  For staying safe while visiting our parks, open spaces, and trails, view these tips.  (updated 5/26/20)

Big Thompson Parks
1Big Thompson Parks
Glade, Narrows, Forks and Sleepy Hollow
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Carter Lake
2Carter Lake
Southwest of Loveland
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Devil's Backbone Open Space
3Devil's Backbone Open Space
West of Loveland
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Eagle's Nest Open Space
4Eagle's Nest Open Space
South of Livermore
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Flatiron Reservoir
5Flatiron Reservoir
Northwest of Carter Lake
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Hermit Park Open Space
6Hermit Park Open Space
Southeast of Estes Park
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Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
7Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
West of Fort Collins
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Horsetooth Reservoir
8Horsetooth Reservoir
West of Fort Collins
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Lions Open Space
9Lions Open Space
Near Laporte
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Pinewood Reservoir
10Pinewood Reservoir
Northwest of Carter Lake
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Ramsay-Shockey Open Space
11Ramsay-Shockey Open Space
Adjacent to Pinewood Reservoir
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Red Mountain Open Space
12Red Mountain Open Space
25 miles north of Fort Collins
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River Bluffs Open Space
13River Bluffs Open Space
Southeast Fort Collins
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Stay Safe on Trails during Covid-19
Recommendations to keep you safe and minimize impacts

  • Do not leave your home unless you absolutely need to, especially if you are not well.  
  • Stay near home to recreate. Explore your backyard, take a walk, or bike ride around the block.
  • Be a party of one or two; keep groups small. Recreate only with people from your own household. 
  • Limit your visits to public open spaces/parks; find trails closest to your home. 
  • Bring your own personal hand sanitizer and use your restroom at home before arriving
  • Stay on trail to avoid damage – step off, do not walk off.
  • Travel in a one-way direction, if possible.
  • Wear a cloth face-covering AND stay 6 feet away from others who are not in your household. 
  • Avoid crowds. Go early in the morning or late in the day. Check webcams before you arrive.  
  • Be flexible. If you arrive at a trailhead and its full, think twice before getting out of the car. 
  • Avoid unnecessary driving, risky recreational pursuits, or remote locations that may put a burden on first responders. On a rescue, physical distancing is not possible and offers asymptomatic people (individuals and rescuers) a window to unknowingly spread the virus.
  • Park only in designated parking spots.
  • Keep your dog leashed and under control, pack out its waste.
  • Be kind, have patience, and send a smile and wave along the trail. 
  • Check for trail condition warning and closure reports

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National & State Parks in Larimer County

City Parks in Larimer County

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?
Beginning May 18 at 9 a.m., DNR Visitor Centers will re-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 should 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 of uncertainty. We are also focusing on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from public health authorities.

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.

I have a camping reservation. Are campsites still open?
As of May 18, all campgrounds at Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties are open for existing and new reservations that have self-contained "hard-sided" units with operational restrooms only. No tent or secondary units are allowed. Group pavilions, picnic areas and swim beaches are closed. 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 public 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 public meeting room spaces of any size have been canceled until further notice. 


updated May 13, 2020

I have a camping reservation - how do I know if I can come and camp?
As of May 18, campgrounds open at Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties to all existing and new reservations who have a hard-sided, self-contained unit with a operational restroom interior to the unit. No tents or secondary units are allowed.  Full criteria for camping can be found here.

Why not tents?
Until further notice, tent camping (or any soft-sided unit that does not have an operational restroom interior to the unit) is not allowable due to the closure of campground restrooms. Evaluation continues to occur in consultation with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to determine when full operations and reservations of tent camping can resume in the future. This phased reopening approach to camping has been implemented to ensure the highest staff and visitor safety and occupancy control at our campgrounds to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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.

If I do not meet the criteria, can I get a refund?
Yes. Campers should call our reservation call center to cancel and request a full refund. They can be reached at 1-800-397-7795.

Do you have pavilions open for our family to use during our camping stay?
No. All group pavilions, group picnic areas, and swim beaches are closed.

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 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. 

(update 5/13/20)

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