Updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Larimer County

As our community navigates this unprecedented time of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources offers this guidance and tips for staying healthy and safe if visiting our parks,  open spaces, and trails: 

  • Our parks, trails, and open spaces remain open. Our intent is to maintain this operational consistency unless guided differently from public health.
  • Our parks and trails will be busy. Please - We are urging visitors to stop the spread of COVID-19 by abiding by health guidelines: 6 ft. social distancing, group sizes to under 10, no congregating at overlooks/trailheads, washing hands, and staying home if feeling sick.
  • Horsetooth Reservoir and Hermit Park camping cabins are canceling current reservations and not accepting new cabin reservations until further notice.
  • Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the Town of Estes Park have issued public health orders limiting visitors to Estes Park by closing short-term accommodations within the Estes Valley to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The orders take effect March 23 at noon. Campgrounds at Hermit Park are closed until further notice; trails at Hermit Park remain open.  All current campground reservations at Hermit Park are canceled and will be refunded.
  • Know before you go! Change up your walking, hiking, visitation routines. Try to visit public spaces less frequently. Watch our webcams. If parking is full, move along to a different location. Spring conditions are also driving trail closures. Check www.nocotrailreport.org for warnings and closures.
  • Rigorous cleaning protocols have been implemented by our maintenance staff at all trail heads, restrooms, and other highly trafficked areas.  Please bring your own hand sanitizer for use along the trail. 
  • With more people visiting our parks and trails, please leave no trace, leash your dog and carry out waste, and respect any trail closure. 
  • DNR rangers and maintenance staff are continuing to provide in-person support at our parks, trails, and open spaces. Over 50% of DNR office staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or phone.
  • We are in this together! We believe nature can provide significant benefits to our physical, mental, and emotional health. All of us play a role in insuring our parks and open spaces stay safe for all.
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Published on: 
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:41pm
Contact Details:

Korrie Johnston, Community Relations Supervisor, Natural Resources
970.619.4561 or kjohnston@larimer.org

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