Parks, Open Spaces, Trails, Boat Ramps open; Campgrounds closed

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources parks, reservoirs, trails, open spaces, and boat ramps remain open. All offices and Visitor Centers along with all campgrounds are closed as of Friday, March 27 to abide by Governor Jared Polis' stay-at-home order. For guidance on how to stay safe and healthy while visiting our parks, open spaces, and trails, view these tips. Natural Resources is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe. As this evolving situation unfolds, we will be monitoring and adjusting our response to ensure the continued safety of our community.

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
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West of Fort Collins
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Lions Open Space
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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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How can we reach you during your office and Visitor Center closure?
As of March 27, all of our offices and Visitor Centers are closed to public access. All of our operations can be reached via our website, phone, or email. The building closure will be maintained through April 17. 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 of visitor lobbies, in addition to all restrooms, have been employed. 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 will be open, maintained, and cleaned 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.

Are your trails open at this time?
If conditions allow, trails are open for use. Our recommendation is to first check for a complete assessment of which trails are open, under warning, or closed.

How can I purchase an annual permit?
All annual permits can be purchased on our website. Our staff will process your order and drop on in the mail 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. 

I have a camping reservation. Are campsites still open?
As of March 27, all campgrounds at Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties are closed until further notice. No walk-ins or future reservations are being processed during the Stay-At-Home order. 

I have become sick and I cannot arrive at Carter Lake where I had planned to bring my family to camp. Can I get a refund?
Yes. Until further notice, due to COVID-19 and our desire to stop its spread, we will be issuing full refunds on camping reservations.  Please contact our reservation call center at 1-800-397-7795.

My flight to Colorado was cancelled, and I can no longer arrive for my camping reservation. Can I get a refund?
Yes. Until further notice, due to COVID-19 and our desire to stop its spread, we will be issuing full refunds on camping reservations.  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 cancelled through April 17. We will be re-assessing the availability of our meeting rooms for community gatherings in late April. 

I was supposed to attend one of your volunteer trainings. Will those still be happening?
All community group gatherings in our public meeting room spaces of any size have been cancelled fthrough April 17. We will be re-assessing our meeting schedules, trainings, and other group events in mid-April.


updated March 27, 2020

When does this closure take effect?
Campgrounds are closed effective Friday, March 27 at all Larimer County reservoir parks and open space properties. Campers currently on-site will be asked by staff to vacate by the end of their reservation or by noon on Monday, March 30. 

How do I get a refund?
Campers should call our reservation call center to cancel and request a full refund. They can be reached at 1-800-397-7795.

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. Currently, camping reservations for future dates are not available. Updates to this decision will occur on our website. If you have reserved a camping reservation for the future (May-Nov), your reservation is still a 'go' until you hear differently from us.

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

Boats ramps are supposed to open April 1. Is this still the plan? 
Yes. Boat ramps and boating in our reservoirs will still be allowed with our spring opening occurring on April 1.

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