Summer is in full swing at Larimer County Natural Resources
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Horsetooth and Carter Lake Reservoirs are nearly full! 

Looks like a nice long season on the water 

The recreation season on the water in Larimer County is off to a fantastic start thanks to a nice wet spring and higher than average snow pack this past winter. This is the most water in Horsetooth Reservoir since 2004! We are hoping this means the boating season will extend well beyond Labor Day so we can keep you all angling, boating, skiing, camping, picnicking, kayaking, sailing, jet skiing and SUP'n well into the fall. The water is warming up and so is the weather so be sure and get out for a visit to one of our local reservoirs. They're quite a pretty sight at the moment.  

Rattlesnakes don't have to ruin anyone's fun

Rattlesnakes make their homes in the prairies and foothills of Northern Colorado, and you may see them while out hiking on an Open Space or having a blast at one of the Parks. But seeing a rattlesnake does not have to ruin your good time. The best thing to do is to be aware of your surroundings and watch for potential hazards. If you see a snake give it space, and the snake will give it right back to you. 

Prairie rattlesnakes are not aggressive, but they will defend themselves if threatened. Most bites occur when people are threatening the snake or acting inappropriately. 

If you encounter a snake sunning itself on a trail, take a close look at the surrounding area and walk around the animal, giving it a wide berth. 

If you are bitten by a snake call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Remain calm and try to avoid movement to limit the circulation of venom through your system. Keep the bite below your heart if possible. After calling 911 try to remain where you are and wait for emergency personnel. If you can't wait make you way to the nearest trailhead, slowly, but steadily.

Rattlesnakes are no reason to avoid enjoying the great outdoors of Larimer County, but be aware of your surroundings and know what to do if you have a bad encounter with one. For more information check out

High Park Burn Area Landowners

Contact the Larimer County Weed District at 498-5768 to set up 
a site visit. Weed District staff can help you: identify weeds and native plants; develop management plans including reseeding and grazing plans; and discuss weed control options including 
herbicide control methods tailored for your property. Additionally, the Larimer County Weed District offers a 25% discount on herbicides purchased from the District. These herbicides are selective, designed to kill the targeted weed with minimal damage to surrounding native grasses and forbs.

Award Winning Regional Study

The Larimer County led "Our Lands Our Future" regional study has won several awards. Both the County and all the municipalities who partnered on the project can be proud to have been selected for the:
  • Land Stewardship Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects - CO Chapter 
  • Project Excellence Award from the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals 
  • Award of Excellence - Grass Roots Initiative Award from the American Planning Association's County Planning Division
The results and tools produced in "Our Lands Our Future" have been tremendously helpful as the Department updates the Open Lands Program Master Plan. 

July Guided Hikes
and Events

Check out all of the great events we have lined up for July! Get out for a program with your toddler or learn about geology at the Devil's Backbone Open Space. Always lots to do with Larimer County Natural Resources!

Hermit Park Open Space Re-opens on weekends

Repairs to the flood damage at Hermit Park Open Space are on schedule and should be finished by the end of July. Construction is far enough along for the area to re-open to camping weekends in July, beginning with the July 4th holiday weekend. Book your reservations for July 4th, along with other weekends in July at!
We appreciate your patience during construction. More information at

Give feedback on the Open Lands
Master Plan 

The Open Lands Master Plan recommendations are ready for public feedback. Please attend our open house to view the recommendations and offer your thoughts! 

July 9, 5:00 –  7:30 p.m.
Loveland Public Library, Gertrude Scott Room
300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland
Open house style opportunity for public input on the Open Lands Master Plan

Chimney Hollow Open Space Bioblitz

Larimer County Natural Resources is hosting a BioBlitz, a 24-hour species survey, to document the diversity of the yet to open to the public Chimney Hollow Open Space. Participate in two different ways:
1) Hike with a Scientist: Friday, July 11 – Saturday, July 12, various times
You’ll have the special opportunity to go out with a research scientist on Friday and Saturday to learn how we gain an understanding of our local open space areas. Details and registration at
2) BioBlitz Fair: Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Learn the importance of science in for conservation. This family-friendly day is all happening at the Larimer County Natural Resources Administrative Offices located northwest of Carter Lake in Loveland. 
Photos: Top to bottom, left to right: Rob Novak, Austin Armstrong, Maxine Guill, Garrison Hocker, Michelle Bird, Charlie Johnson, Christa Ahrens, Walt Hubis, 
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