Guided Hikes and Events
- Saturday, September 11, at 8:00 a.m. “Snake, Rattle, and Roll – Plains Rattlesnakes” Love them or hate them, rattlesnakes are a sign of a healthy foothills landscape. Come to Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy 34, to learn how we can coexist with these highly specialized and often misunderstood creatures. Program is free. Hike rating: easy. Please bring water for the trail and dress appropriately for the weather. Approximately 2-hour program. Registration required. Please go to http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration/ to register. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
- Saturday September 18, at 9:00 a.m. “Look Out! Here Comes the Fall” Join Naturalists Jay and Caroline for a hike at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland on Hwy 34, where you will be treated to all the amazing ways that animals and plants wind down from a busy summer and transition into fall. You’ll hear about the rutting of mule deer and elk, where the flowers all go, and how trees change the colors of their leaves. Hike rating: easy. Program is free, and no registration is required. Approximately 2-hour program. Please direct questions to Rob at (970) 679-4561.
- Saturday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. “Bear Necessities” Join former veterinarian and County Naturalist Bob for a captivating presentation about local bruins, that ranges from their habits to habitats at the Hermit’s Cabin at Hermit Park Open Space, located just south-east of the town of Estes, off of Hwy 36. Learn the best ways to avoid trouble with bears and all about their lifestyles. This is a stationary program. No registration required. Program is free; a $6/vehicle entrance permit applies. Approximately 1-hour program.
- Saturday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m. “Transitions at Red Mountain Open Space” Explore with a Larimer County Naturalist at the spectacular Red Mountain Open Space, located ~25 miles north of Fort Collins off of CR15, to look for signs of fall. Learn how the natural world mimics our own ideas of winding down before winter on this easy nature walk. Program is free, but registration is required. at www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration. Hike rating: easy. Approximately 2.5-hour program.
- Wednesday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. “Masters of the Air – Falcons” Have you ever seen a raptor fly by so fast you couldn’t even make out what it was? Find out if it was a falcon at this naturalist-led talk at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space’s outdoor classroom, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy 34. Find out what makes falcons so well suited for flying and hunting and why they are considered to be “Masters of the Sky.” Stationary program. Program is free, and no registration is required. Approximately 1-hour long program. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, go to www.larimer.org/naturalresources