In this issue: Parks Master Plan, Passport and Wolves
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Horsetooth Reservoir County Park
NR News Issue 24 | July 2016
Carter Lake County Park

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is updating its Parks Master Plan, which helps guide the facilities and management of reservoir parks such as Carter Lake.

Help Shape the Future of Your Reservoir Parks!

Larimer County is kicking off a planning effort that will guide the future of its reservoir parks (Carter Lake, Horsetooth, Pinewood and Flatiron). You are encouraged to get involved and provide your input!

Learn more about the planning process and sign up to receive updates »


Hikers enjoy a stroll at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Temperatures can get extremely hot on the trail, especially during the middle of the summer. Photo by Brendan Bombaci.

Hitting the Trail? Plan Ahead to Avoid Heat-Related Ailments

We're into the dog days of summer, so be prepared for hot conditions when you head out on a hike. Bring plenty of water for yourself and your dogs. Drink water, even when not thirsty. Wear a hat, lightweight and loose clothing, and sunscreen. Stop hiking and get to a cool environment if you feel faint or weak.

Stay cool and hydrated to make sure you and Fido have fun on the trail!

Soderberg Trailhead

Soderberg Trailhead was remodeled this past spring. With access to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, it's one of Larimer County's busiest trailheads. Photo by Steve McCorkel.

Construction Crews Busy Enhancing Parks, Open Spaces

Many upgrades this spring to facilities, trails and other amenities are done or nearing completion. Thank you for your patience!

Soderberg Trailhead - A separate parking lot for horse trailers was built and is now open. The existing parking lot was redone at Soderberg Trailhead with more spaces, angled parking and enhanced flow. Learn more »

Horsetooth Reservoir - The new maintenance building is complete. Yay! The information center in the South Bay area continues to progress well and should be open to the public later this summer. Learn more »

The Larimer County Passport to Your Open Spaces

Congrats to Lynette Johnson and her pup Riley! Lynette is the first person to collect all 16 rubbings in the new open spaces passport. Photo courtesy Lynette Johnson.

Have You Started Your Passport Adventure Yet?

Explore Larimer County’s amazing, scenic open spaces using a new passport as your guide. Pick up a passport brochure at trailhead kiosks on Larimer County’s open spaces to start your adventure!

Two posts have been placed on 8 open spaces in easy (short hike) and hard (long hike) locations. Each post has a plaque affixed to it with a unique image. Place your passport over the plaque and make a rubbing of the image to "stamp" your passport. Collect enough rubbings to win cool prizes!

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

Golden Eagle

A golden eagle tends to its young on a Larimer County open space this spring. Wildlife closures protect nesting raptors, which are sensitive to humans. Photo by Andy Goris.

Wildlife Closures Lifted at Eagle's Nest, River Bluffs

Seasonal wildlife closures protect nesting raptors. Young birds have fledged the nest, including golden eaglets at Eagle's Nest Open Space, so seasonal closures have been lifted! Fishing access downstream from the bridge at Eagle's Nest has reopened. Also, access to the Poudre River downstream from the trailhead at River Bluffs Open Space has reopened.

Weed Removal Work Party

Service projects allow citizens to be a part of conservation in Larimer County. Photo of a weed removal work party in June along the Blue Sky Trail by Pam Mayhew.

Volunteers Needed for Night Sky Monitoring, Trail Building

Night Sky Monitoring, Aug. 1, times TBD
Take light level readings on open spaces and parks. No experience necessary. Training and monitoring tools provided. Back-up dates: Aug. 2-3.

Trail Building, Aug. 6-7, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hermit Park Open Space
Assist Larimer County's trails crew with constructing a new trail at Hermit Park. Register for one or both days. Lunch provided. Rain date: Aug. 27. Part of the 20th anniversary of Help Preserve Open Spaces project series.

Sign up or get info: Pam Mayhew, 970-619-4552,

Wolfwood Refuge

Meet the wolves of Wolfwood Refuge on July 23-24 at Hermit Park Open Space.

Upcoming Guided Hikes and Programs

20th Anniversary Program Series: Plein Air Painting Workshop - July 21 (Thurs.), 9:30 a.m., Soderberg Trailhead at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, presented by painter Alison Dickson

Wolfwood Refuge at Hermit Park - July 23 (Sat.) and July 24 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days (talks at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.), Hermit Park Open Space

Junior Ranger Hike at Devil's Backbone - July 25 (Mon.), 5 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Loveland Museum Summer Program: Mule Deer - July 26 (Tues.), 12 p.m., Loveland Museum

Tiny Trekkers - Aug. 2 (Tues.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Loveland Museum Summer Program: Osprey - Aug. 2 (Tues.), 12 p.m., Loveland Museum

Native Plants of Devil's Backbone - Aug. 2 (Tues.), 5:30 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

20th Anniversary Program Series: Wildflower and Forest Ecology Walk - Aug. 6 (Sat.), 10 a.m., Hermit Park Open Space, presented by Dr. Paul Alaback

Junior Ranger Hike at River Bluffs - Aug. 9 (Tues.), 5 p.m., River Bluffs Open Space

20th Anniversary Program Series: On the Trail of Predators - Aug. 20 (Sat.), 8 a.m., Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, presented by David Neils

Summer Plant Walk - Aug. 28 (Sun.), 8 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

20th Anniversary Program Series: History of Devil's Backbone - Aug. 29 (Mon.), 5:30 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space, presented by Ken Jessen (rescheduled from May 11)

Registration is required for all programs except Wolfwood at Hermit Park and those at the Loveland Museum.

Information and registration:, or Dan Marotti at (970) 619-4565 or

Fire Restrictions in Effect Across Larimer County

Fire restrictions are in effect on Larimer County's parks, open spaces and trails:

  • Fires in metal grates only
  • No fires allowed at boat-in campsites
  • Fuel stoves and grills OK (no charcoal)
  • No open flames outside of metal grates (no tiki torches)
  • No smoking outside unless on established roads or parking areas

Help us protect our precious natural resources! Learn more »

Masthead photo: Horsetooth Reservoir County Park by Herb Saperstone
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