Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Property: Culver Open Space (Horsetooth Mountain Park)
Priority Area: Buckhorn / Redstone
Size: 287.9 acres

photo taken from Culver Open Space

Encroaching development threatens
wildlife habitat as well as Horsetooth Mtn.
Park. Culver Open Space will
help mitigate that threat.

photo taken from Culver Open Space

This open space continues to preserve
scenic views near and around
Horsetooth Rock.

(Photos by Charlie Johnson)


If you are looking for some incredible vistas close to town as you hike, then head to Horsetooth Mountain Park. The Culver Open Space is immediately adjacent to the southwestern border of Horsetooth Mountain Park and the southern border of Culver Open Space. It is managed as part of the Horsetooth Mountain Park, and although there are no trails that currently pass through this area, you will appreciate the scenic views and occasional glimpses of wildlife as you look to the southwest from the existing trails. Horsetooth Mountain Park trailhead is located immediately off CR 38 E approximately 5 - 6 miles west of the intersection of Harmony and Taft Hill in Fort Collins. More information about Horsetooth Mountain Park can be found online.

Management Summary

  Yes No Comments
Permit Required *    
Trails *    
  • Hiking
*   Trails in Horsetooth Mountain Park
  • Mountain biking
  • horses
Restrooms *   Located at the trailhead
Drinking fountains *   Located at the Horsetooth Mountain Park Trailhead
Dogs allowed *   Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Management Plan

The management plan for the Culver Open Space will be completed in conjunction with an update of the Horsetooth Mountain Park's Resource Management Plan in 2005. Current management activities include weed control and working with Colorado State Forest Service in the development of a Forest Stewardship plan.

Property Information

Type of Acquisition #Acres Property
Bargain Sales
Fee Simple 287.9 $ 1,500,000 Larimer Co. - $ 1,175,000
GOCO* - $ 325,000
2003 Potential Future
Public Access

* Great Outdoors Colorado

Background Image: Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson. All rights reserved.