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NR News Issue 28 | November 2016
NoCo Trail Report

New Website Offers Trail Conditions and Closure Info

The frustration of an unexpected trail closure can now be avoided by checking This new website offers real-time, official conditions and closure information for trails managed by Larimer County Natural Resources, City of Fort Collins Parks and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.

Visit, or watch a fun video highlighting the new website.

The Larimer County Passport to Your Open Spaces

Items in the grand prize drawing include a tent, two nights in a cabin at Hermit Park Open Space, a $100 gift card to REI and Larimer County annual entrance permits.

Want to Win Cool Prizes? Submit Your Passport by Dec. 1

No more procrastination: The entry deadline is nearly here for this year's open spaces passport grand prize drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, gather all 16 rubbings and turn in your finished passport by Dec. 1. Passports received after Dec. 1 will be entered into next year's drawing.

Learn more about The Larimer County Passport to Your Open Spaces »

Parks Master Plan

Alternatives have been developed, based on public input, for the future of Larimer County's four reservoir parks: Horsetooth, Pinewood (pictured), Flatiron and Carter Lake.

Comment on Alternatives for Reservoir Parks by Dec. 3

Larimer County is updating the master plan that guides development and management at its four reservoir parks. Using input from the public gathered this summer, alternatives have been developed for future use at these parks. The public can offer input on these alternatives online through Dec. 3.

Offer your input online, or learn more at

Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd

Six bison calves – three males and three females – were born on the prairie of northern Colorado earlier this year. Photo by Charlie Gindler.

One Year Later: Bison Gain Hoof-Hold, Boost Conservation

Has it been a year already? The Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd first set hooves onto a 1,000-acre pasture at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space on Nov. 1, 2015. Since then, the herd has expanded to 16 healthy animals and helped bolster two other conservation herds.

Read about the bison and watch a video celebrating the herd's first year »

Lions Open Space Construction

Crews repair the Pleasant Valley Trail at Lions Open Space. The trail had been damaged by previous flood events along the Cache la Poudre River. Photo by Zac Wiebe.

Lions Open Space Parking Area Reopens, Trail Fixed

The parking lot at Lions Open Space in Laporte has reopened to the public after being closed since mid-October for construction. Crews fixed the damaged section of the Pleasant Valley Trail and finalized repairs to the eastern riverbank. In the spring, they will complete the project by planting trees and shrubs.

Read about this project and efforts to enhance Lions Open Space »


Fishful Thinker guide Ronny Castiglioni holds a cutbow caught earlier this week on Horsetooth Reservoir. The new Horsetooth Area Information Center can be seen in the background.

All Boat Ramps Close for Season Starting Nov. 28

This coming weekend is the last one of the 2016 boating season. Need some motivation to hit the water instead of the ski slopes? Check out the huge cutbow above caught earlier this week on Horsetooth Reservoir. Wow!

View the boat ramp schedule for Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake »

Red Mountain Open Space

Photo of Red Mountain Open Space by Jim Janicki

Reminder: Red Mountain Closes for Season on Nov. 30

From December to February, Red Mountain Open Space will be closed because of winter weather conditions and wintering wildlife requirements.

Get directions and info on visiting Red Mountain »

Masthead photo: Chimney Hollow Open Space - Game Camera Photo by Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy
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