South of Livermore

Eagle's Nest Open Space's 755 acres offer river access for anglers and almost 5 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians. The local landmark Eagle's Nest Rock has been home to nesting golden eagles for over a hundred years!

Along the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River, this open space has breathtaking views of the Laramie Foothills. Mountain mahogany foothills interspersed with rabbitbrush and ponderosa pine provide diverse habitat for deer, elk, coyote, mountain lion, black bear, and small mammals.

Trail locations avoid intrusions on sensitive wildlife habitat and the golden eagle nesting area. From February through July, the area downstream of the bridge is closed to fishing and public access to protect the nesting area. Access is now open as the eaglets have fledged (as of 8/3/20).  Please stay on designated trails, respect seasonal closures, and observe Leave No Trace practices. Drinking water is not available at the trailhead, so bring plenty for your day.

Eagle's Nest Open Space has no entrance fee, is open year-round from dawn to dusk and is located northwest of Fort Collins near Livermore, Colorado.



Horseback Riding



  • Take Highway 287 north from Fort Collins to Livermore. Take Red Feather Lakes Road (C.R. 74E) west for about 1/3 mile. The entrance is on the south side of the road.
  • Follow the road about one mile to the trailhead parking.