Report last updated: 8/10/2015
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 or 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.
Please stay on trail to help prevent resource damage.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, and 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
Mule deer, elk, bobcats, fox, prairie dogs, and coyotes are daily residents at the Rimrock Open Space, and tracks and other indications of wildlife can be seen all around if you just take a close look. The best time of day for viewing wildlife is dawn and dusk. The open space opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.
Devil's Backbone is home to many species of snake, including: Bull Snakes, Racer Snakes, Garter Snakes, Milk Snakes and Prairie Rattlesnakes. It is not unlikely for you to see a snake patrolling through the grass or sunning on the trail during the morning and evening when they are most active. If you encounter a snake, back away slowly and give it several feet of space to retreat. If a ranger is nearby, notify them of the location of the snake if it was close to, or on, the trail. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, remain calm and dial 911. Remove all jewelry and watches, and immobilize the the bitten limb while keeping the bite site below the heart.