It's no secret that Northern Colorado is a great place to be during the summer... no really, it's obviously not a secret, judging by the lack of parking spaces available at and around various NoCo outdoor spaces that are especially popular during this time of year.

Ever go out of your way to plan to spend a day in Northern Colorado's great outdoors - all to show up at your destination and not have a place to park your car?

A new free parking notification service courtesy of Larimer County is here to make sure that (hopefully) never happens to you.

How To Get Free Parking Lot Alerts For Popular Outdoor Destinations In Larimer County

As per a press release from the county, the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources (LCDNR) now offers an opt-in, subscription-based, free notification service (via text/email) to alert subscribers when specific parking lots have reached 80-90% capacity, as measured by staff at its reservoir parks and open spaces.

Visitors must opt-in to subscribe to the free notification service, and then will be notified directly on their mobile phone or inbox when selected parking lots reach capacity (80-90% full) and visitors are being turned away.

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
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How To Opt-In For The New Free Parking Notification Service

Those seeking to opt-in to the new, free parking notification service power by LCDNR can easily do so by texting the keywords "lcboating" or "lcopenspaces" to 833-581-0014.

Lcboating will report full parking lot status at Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood and Flatiron Reservoirs; Lcopenspaces will report full parking lot (trailhead) status at Horsetooth Mountain, Devil’s Backbone, Eagle’s Nest, Red Mountain, and Hermit Park open spaces. the press release from the county says. 

According to the county, recent increases (20-30%) in visitation at Larimer County parks and open space properties over the last two years have spurred this technology to better inform visitors of parking status before they arrive. Subscribers can choose notification style via text, email, or both.

High visitation or alert hours are typically on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and summer holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

As such, visitors are encouraged to arrive at their selected open spaces before 9 a.m. on said days and at reservoirs before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid delays during peak visitation times.

For more information about Larimer County's new free parking notification system, visit larimer.gov. 

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