Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Eagle's Nest Open Space

Eagle's Nest Open Space's 755 acres offer river access for anglers and almost 5 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians. The local landmark Eagle's Nest Rock has been home to nesting golden eagles for over a hundred years!

Along the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River, this open space has breathtaking views of the Laramie Foothills. Mountain mahogany foothills interspersed with rabbitbrush and ponderosa pine provide diverse habitat for deer, elk, coyote, mountain lion, black bear, and small mammals.

Trail locations avoid intrusions on sensitive wildlife habitat and the golden eagle nesting area. From February 1 to July 15, the area downstream of the bridge is closed to fishing and public access to protect the nesting area. Please stay on designated trails, respect seasonal closures, and observe Leave No Trace practices. Drinking water is not available at the trailhead, so bring plenty for your day.

Eagle's Nest Open Space has no entrance fee, is open year-round from dawn to dusk and is located northwest of Fort Collins near Livermore, Colorado.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Day use only. Closed sunset to sunrise. (The "dusk-to-dawn" gate at the trailhead opens and closes automatically - please time your hike/ride accordingly.
  • No bicycles or motorized vehicles.
  • Pets must be kept on leash at all times.
  • Please pack out all trash and dog refuse.
  • Stay on designated trails to avoid resource damage, wildlife conflicts, and private property trespass.
  • Rock climbing, camping, fires, firearms, and fireworks prohibited.

Directions and Parking


Hunting and Fishing Information

Management Plan

Property Information

Recommended Reading

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