Dowdy Lake sunset
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Larimer County Offices, Courts & District Attorney are closed Friday, July 3 for Independence Day
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Landfill Business Office are closed July 3 & 4
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Rimrock Open Space

Rimrock cliffs [Photo: Staff] Mountain biker on the trail [Photo: Walt Hubis] A view of the valley from the rim [Photo: Walt Hubis] Rimrock Open Space [Photo: Walt Hubis] Rimrock Cliffs [Photo: Unknown] A hiker on the trail [Photo: Walt Hubis] The valley view from the rim of Rimrock Open Space[Photo: Walt Hubis] Rimrock trail snakes along the ridge [Photo: Walt Hubis]

Rimrock Open Space is 472 acres of unmarred views, dramatic red rock cliffs, and hogback valleys - a striking western landscape rapidly disappearing as residential development creeps into the Larimer County foothills. Here, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can traverse a seven-mile round-trip trail, or connect to the Blue Sky Trail.

This open space is an important component of Larimer County's Front Range Mountain Backdrop and continues the protection of significant aesthetic and ecological values.

Rimrock Open Space has no entrance fee and is open year-round, dawn to dusk. It is located southwest of Fort Collins and accessed via the Blue Sky Trail or from Coyote Ridge Natural Area off County Road 19/Taft Hill Rd. (see map link below).

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Day use only. Access is not permitted 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Stay on the trail to avoid and not disturb wildlife, including rattlesnakes.
  • Firearms, fires, fireworks, hunting and trapping are prohibited.

Directions

Trails

Management Plan

Future Vision

Property Information

Background Image: Dowdy Lake Sunset by John Bartholow. All rights reserved.