The new annual entrance permits for Larimer County parks and open spaces will be valid for an entire year from month of purchase and will be transferable among vehicles within the same household, beginning in January 2013. The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources announced the changes after the county commissioners approved them on Tuesday.
Entrance/use permits are required for Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Flatiron Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, Ramsay-Shockey Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Hermit Park Open Space. Under the new fee structure, two types of permits will be available: a vehicle permit, and a vehicle-boat combination permit. These new permits will be available for purchase in December.
The vehicle-boat combination permit applies to a vehicle pulling trailered water vessels regardless of the number of vessels on the trailer. Separate permits are not required for more than one vessel on a trailer, such as two jet skis on one trailer. Non-trailered, non-motorized, non-registered vessels such as canoes and kayaks will not require permits.
Annual vehicle permits will cost $75 each for Larimer County residents, $95 each to out-of-county visitors, $45 each for seniors 65 and over (regardless of residency), or $10 each for disabled persons.
Annual vehicle-boat combination permits will cost $150 each for Larimer County residents, $190 each to out-of-county visitors, $120 each for seniors 65 and over (regardless of residency), or $85 each for disabled persons.
The current annual vehicle permit and annual boat permit are not transferable among vehicles, and are valid only for the calendar year, no matter when a permit is purchased. The current cost is $65 each for a Larimer County resident and $85 each for a non-resident. The department said it made the changes based on input from citizens, both online and at a public hearing in June.
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, visit the website at www.larimer.org/naturalresources.