Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Red Mountain Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 5/23/2017

Current Conditions

photo from park
Big Hole from Cheyenne Rim trail (photo by Larimer County Ranger)
Park situation

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If extremely muddy conditions exist, trails may be closed to protect them from damage. 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!

Dogs are not allowed at Red Mountain Open Space. They are seen as predators by wildlife and would disrupt the routines of wildlife. Protection of wildlife and other sensitive cultural and historical areas is important so that they are around for generations to come. Camping is not permitted at Red Mountain Open Space. It is a day use area only.

Bring plenty of water. Water is not available at the trailhead. There are two water troughs available on trail for horses. There is a map with the locations of the water sources at the equestrian trailhead.

Coyote, red fox, swift fox, bobcat, pronghorn, mule deer, elk, bear and many other animals reside in this area.

Bird Sightings
Red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, golden eagles, prairie and peregrine falcons, great horned owls, several types of swallows, meadowlarks, horned larks and many other birds live in and have been spotted at Red Mountain Open Space.

Limited hunting by special access hunting permit only for deer, elk and doe pronghorn will occur on weekdays only during the second, third and fourth combined seasons along with the late cow elk and doe pronghorn season. The special access hunting permit application period is for the month of February each year. Applications can be found under the hunting information link on the Red Mountain Open Space webpage. The drawing for special access hunting permits will be in March. If you were not successful in the drawing, you may not access Red Mountain Open Space for public hunting.

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Background Image: Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson. All rights reserved.