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County Offices, Courts and the Landfill will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Critical services at Larimer County will not be disrupted by this closure.

 

Eagle's Nest Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 8/31/2015

Current Conditions

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Horseback riders taking a break at Eagle's Nest (Photo by ranger).
Park situation

EAGLES NEST OPEN SPACE IS OPEN FOR USE

TRAILS ARE OPEN

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources continually strives to maintain an excellent level of customer service. This includes checking trail conditions to keep trails open when appropriate and closing them to protect the natural resource. Our staff will continue to keep visitors abreast of trail conditions and open or close the opens spaces when trail conditions require . 

Allowing visitation and trail use during periods of extensive rain/snow fall causes significant damage to trail systems. When the ground is saturated and soft, running, horseback riding and biking on undeveloped dirt trails causes rutting,  and additional vegetation damage is caused  when users side step the extremely muddy areas. This loss of vegetation and rutting increases erosion by channeling water as it sheds off the trails. The Natural Resources Department and the citizens of Larimer County appreciate your cooperation and patience, during these closures. 

For Natural Resources events and activities, check out the Events Calendar!

Fishing access downstream of the bridge is OPEN. 

If extremely muddy conditions exist, these trails may be closed to protect them from damage. Such closures will be posted on this site, on open space road signs, at trailheads and a Facebook and Twitter update will be sent out. Otherwise, please stay on trail and do not go around muddy spots. If people go around muddy areas, the trail widens and vegetation is trampled. A widened trail is very difficult and expensive to restore. Thank you for helping to keep your open spaces beautiful!

Parts of both trail loops incorporate old ranch roads. Other portions of these ranch roads are not part of the trail system. Watch for the trail directional markers with the "3-Bar" and “OT” trail symbols on them, and please don't go on the roads with “NO PUBLIC ACCESS” signs.

Weather
Weather conditions can change rapidly in backcountry areas.  Dress in layers, carry extra clothing, and be prepared for cold, wet and stormy weather.

Wildlife
Mule deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats, and sometimes bears can be seen. An occasional bighorn sheep has been seen passing through the open space.

Raptor/bird sightings
Nearly every day you will see the resident Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles and occassionaly a Bald Eagle hunting for rodents, rabbits and fish.

Fishing
Fishing is permitted from the bridge to the private property line to the north and the east. There is private property north and south of Eagle’s Nest Open Space. Please honor the “NO TRESPASSING” signs. Remember, a valid fishing license is required, and we recommend using only artificial lures and to practice "catch and release."

Hunting
During the big game season, archery and muzzleloader hunting is allowed on weekdays only at Eagle's Nest Open Space. You must possess a valid Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting license for the archery or muzzleloading season.

Hunters are also allowed to access the U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to Eagle's Nest via the Eagle's Nest trails. Rifle hunters must have their firearms unloaded while passing through the Eagle's Nest Open Space. It is your responsibility to know the boundaries between public and private land. A good map and GPS is recommended as part of your hunt.  Rifle hunting and small game hunting is not allowed on Eagle's Nest Open Space. Overnight parking is not allowed.

Hunters must sign in and sign out at the trailhead and National Forest Access points.  Regulation brochures are available at the trailhead.

Activities
See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Dowdy Lake Sunset by John Bartholow. All rights reserved.