Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Teddy Parker-Renga

LOVELAND, Colo. – Larimer County Department of Natural Resources invites members of the public to offer their feedback on proposed adjustments to fees for Larimer County parks and open spaces.
People can offer feedback at the following open house:
Fee Study Public Open House
Monday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Larimer County Loveland Campus
Big T River and Poudre River Rooms
200 Peridot Ave., Loveland
Earlier this year, the Department of Natural Resources hired a consultant to conduct a fee study for Larimer County’s parks and open spaces. Many of the park and open space fees have not been adjusted for more than a decade. The consultant has developed preliminary recommendations for adjustments to fees for daily permits, along with fees for camping and annual permits.
“The department is funded primarily through a sales tax and user fees,” said Natural Resources Director Gary Buffington, “and we have a responsibility to maintain financial stability.”
The fee study is also evaluating a potential fee for the Devil’s Backbone Trailhead, which is the south entrance to Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located off U.S. 34 west of Loveland. This trailhead has had no charge to the public historically. A fee is charged at the Blue Sky Trailhead, which is the north entrance to Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located off County Road 38E west of Fort Collins. The department also charges entrance fees for Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Hermit Park Open Space, which are the two other intensively managed open spaces in Larimer County’s system.
“Devil’s Backbone Trailhead is currently the only intensively managed location in Larimer County’s park and open space system where we do not collect a fee,” Buffington said.
People can get more details on the fee study and offer feedback to Natural Resources staff at the open house on Oct. 22. A second open house is being planned for November at a location in Fort Collins.
For more information on the fee study and open house, please contact Natural Resources Director Gary Buffington at (970) 619-4560 or
About Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources manages Larimer County’s great outdoor places, including open spaces and magnificent water-based recreation areas, and fosters responsible land stewardship through weed management and healthy forest practices. To learn more, visit