Please note: Online booking of group pavilions is currently closed due to COVID-19 group restrictions. Visitors are allowed and encouraged to submit a request to reserve a pavilion, and Natural Resources management will assess group spacing for approval. Group size restrictions must meet the State of Colorado Dept. of  Public Health and Environment requirements.  Please send your group pavilion reservation request to 

Reservable group pavilions are available at: Carter Lake South Shore, Flatiron Reservoir, Hermit Park Open Space, Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay, Horsetooth Reservoir Sunrise Day Use, and Lions Open Space. All pavilion hours are 8 AM to 9 PM. Please call 970-619-4570 with any additional questions.


  • All pavilion hours are 8 AM to 9 PM
  • All pavilions have picnic tables and charcoal grills. All but two (Sunrise and Lions) have electricity. Hermit Park Open Space pavilion has electricity by generator so it might be a teensy bit noisy.
  • Volleyball court and horseshoe pits are available at Flatiron Reservoir, South Shore at Carter Lake (bring your own sports equipment: net, balls, horseshoes, etc.) and Hermit Park Open Space (some equipment is available for you at Hermit.)
  • Portable heaters for cold weather months are allowed, but not provided.
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The group pavilion sits among 1,362 acres of wetlands, aspen groves, and ponderosa pine forest perfect for photo opportunities and outdoor gatherings. It features stone wrapped columns, picnic tables, a gas fire pit, and a large propane and charcoal grill with catering space for up to 175 people. Make a reservation today at or 1-800-397-7795. Please stop by and check out the amenities!

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Flatiron Reservoir Pavilion

Sunrise Pavilion

Lions Pavilion

All Natural Resources Regulations apply, including but not limited to no noise disturbances to other visitors, no camping in pavilion areas, no off road parking.

Alcohol: Alcohol is not allowed at any day use pavilion.

Catering: You may bring your own caterer to any pavilion. Caterers and rental companies delivering to your event do not have to purchase daily entrance permits, however, the vehicle must be identified as a business by logo, or by business card placed on the dashboard.

Changing Rooms: Available only at Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay which has changing rooms and outside showers.

Decorations & Games: Only temporary decorations may be used: no staples, nails, tape or permanent markings. No flaming lanterns, jumping castles, dunk tanks, pony rides or anything that may cause damage to the natural resource or disturbances to other visitors.

Entrance permits: Daily entrance permits are required on all vehicles entering the park or open space for an event at the pavilion. (The pavilion reservation is not an entrance permit.) The only exception is Lions Open Space, which does not have an entrance fee and catering needs (see above.)

Music: Amplified music is allowed at Carter Lake South Shore, Flatiron Reservoir, and Horsetooth South Bay. Acoustic music is allowed at all pavilions and preferred at Hermit Park Open Space.

Parking: All vehicles must be kept in the established parking areas, which are public, making them neither guaranteed nor reservable. Carpooling encouraged.

Pets: Totally fine as long as leashed and attended.

Photo sharing & consent: We'd love to share your day on our website! Please post photos online. Additionally, Larimer County photographers may sometimes photograph events: Applicant consents to allow photographer on behalf of Larimer County to attend and photograph event. Photographs taken by Larimer County at event may be used in marketing, informational and educational materials, without compensation or further permission from the applicant, including the images of event attendees, including minors. Applicant shall notify attendees that Larimer County may take and distribute photographs of event and attendees.

Public access: The group pavilion and associated amenities are reserved for your use. However, the public cannot be excluded from other areas surrounding the pavilion, including restrooms, roads, parking lots, swim beaches, trailheads, etc.

Restrooms: Horsetooth South Bay has a flush toilet. All other pavilions have clean, vault toilets.

Setup, teardown, cleanup: Setup must occur within the day you have reserved, beginning no earlier than 8:00 AM. Teardown and clean-up must be completed by 9:30 PM of the day you have reserved.

Tents & Chairs: Event tents are allowed at Carter Lake South Shore and Hermit Park Open Space. There is no insurance requirement. You may bring your own chairs to meet your needs (for example, for weddings in the meadow at Hermit Park Open Space). Event tents are not allowed at Flatiron, South Bay, Sunrise, and Lions Open Space.

Wedding Exit Tosses: Flower petals and bubbles are okay; fake flowers, fake flower petals, seeds and rice are not.