The Eagles Nest Open Space is open every day from dawn to dusk.
It is open to hiking, and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome.
Mountain biking is not allowed on the trails.
There are no parking or day use fees.
There are 3 easy trails totaling 4.6 miles.
Trail PhotosGo to Flickr for more photos.
Don’t let the terrain from the parking area fool you, the Eagles Nest Open Space is a great place to hike. About a mile into the trails you will find yourself in a beautiful river valley carved out by the North Fork of the Cache la Poudre River.
If you follow 3 Bar Loop to the south you will stay high on a trail before dropping down into the river valley. If you follow 3 Bar Loop to the west you will follow a service road down to the river valley.
For a great review of the Eagles Nest Open Space you can read what our friend Roger Ludwig has written on his website Away From The Grind.
Mountain biking is not allowed on these trails but expect to see horses as this is a popular location for horseback riding.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Eagles Nest Open Space:
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can put the trail map on your Android or iPhone using the PDF Maps app from Avenza.
- Larimer County provides more information and a free guide on their Eagles Nest Open Space Webpage.
The trails range in elevation from 6,080 feet at the trailhead to 5,640 feet.
The Eagles Nest Open Space can be reached by traveling north from Fort Collins on Highway 287 to Livermore. At Livermore turn on County Road 74E. Less than half of a mile down this road, turn on a gravel road marked Rattlesnake Road (this road is also sometimes called Eagles Nest Road). Stay on this road until it ends at the Parking Area.
Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.
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