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.
You can apply for a Larimer County Special Access Hunting Permit through our on line application process during the month of February.
The drawing will be held in the first week of March.
Larimer County will notify you via phone and or email. You will then be required to attend a pre-hunt meeting in September.
The cost to apply is $10 per species/sex that you wish to apply for.
The number of Larimer County Special Access Hunting Permits given out each year fluctuates depending on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommendation.
Camping is not allowed at Red Mountain Open Space. Hunters will be allowed to access one hour prior to sunrise and will be allowed to depart as late as one hour after sun set.
Vehicles may only drive on the road that leads to the Red Mountain Open Space trailhead, and may only park at the trailhead. Harvested animals must be packed out.
Horses may be used on the hunt. While hunting, the horse must remain on trail. If an animal is harvested, the horse may be taken off trail only to collect and pack the animal.
Red Mountain Open Space is located 25 miles north of Fort Collins near the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 21, and it is approximately 15,000 acres of Open Space.
Yes, in addition to the Larimer County Special Access Hunting Permit, you do need to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife big game hunting license for the species/sex and season you wish to hunt for in Game Management Unit 9.
You will have the option to choose from four elk seasons (Elk-EM00902R, EM00903R, EM00904R, EF009L1R) and three deer seasons (Deer- DM00902R, DM00903R, DM00904R).
Hunting at Red Mountain Open Space is only allowed on weekdays, and there is no hunting on Saturday or Sunday.
Hunting opportunities occur only during the rifle seasons, but you may choose to hunt with a bow or muzzleloader during the rifle season.
Bull elk - near 50 percent, cow elk - less than 20 percent, buck deer - near 80 percent