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Annual seasonal closures of select Larimer County and Fort Collins natural areas have begun because of wintry conditions.
Hermit Park Open Space operated by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources will close for the winter Dec. 20.
Hermit Park, which is 2 miles southeast of Estes Park, will reopen March 1, depending on weather.
Trails at Hermit Park are covered by large snow drifts, making travel extremely difficult, according to a county website. The closure will help protect the park’s elk wintering range.
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Larimer County’s Red Mountain Open Space near the Wyoming border is closed until March 1, as is the adjacent Soapstone Prairie Natural Area operated by Fort Collins Natural Areas.
Other city and county parks and natural areas occasionally close or limit activity during the winter because of icy or muddy conditions on trails.
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Kevin Duggan is a senior columnist and reporter.
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