Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

Rimrock Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 10/6/2015

Current Conditions

Park situation

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.

We have recieved many reports of agressive mountian bikers almost involded in near collisions with hikers and horseback riders on the Rimrock Open Space Trail. No matter what your recreation activity is, please practice correct trail etiquette (cyclists yield to hikers and horses, hikers yield to horses) and use audible calls when coming around blind corners to let other recreators know your location.
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.

Snake Sightings
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. 

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Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.