Noxious Weeds

The Town of Estes Park Parks Division handles the noxious weed control on Town property. Property owners are responsible for weed mitigation and management on private properties and to comply with the Estes Valley Municipal Code (Section 8.04.030 & 8.04.040) referenced on this website. In addition, the Town teams up with the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) to hold Monitored Weed Drop-offs and the annual Weed Roundup on one Saturday morning, 9:00 AM - Noon, in each month during June, July, August, and September. The annual Weed Roundup with educational materials is held in conjunction with the July Monitored Weed Drop-off. In 2018 the Monitored Weed Drop-offs are scheduled for June 23, July 21, August 25, and September 22. The July 21 Weed Roundup offers in-depth interaction with weed experts to help with weed identification, management, eradication suggestions, and educational materials.

Bring your weeds - no slash, pine needles, pine cones, trash, etc. - in paper yard bags for free disposal. Please remove/shake off dirt from plant roots. Bags will only be accepted during Monitored Weed Drop-off times at the 666 Elm Road site. Unauthorized drop-offs at this location are considered theft of services; this site is electronically monitored. Weeds and trash can be disposed of year-round at Waste Management for a fee. No bags of non-weed materials will be accepted at these events. Paper yard bags are available for purchase at local hardware stores. These events are made possible with the support from the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA), the Town of Estes Park, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Estes Valley Land Trust, Larimer County and individual donors. ELSA meets the first Thursday of the month (January thru November) at 9:30 a.m. in the George Hix Room at US Bank. For more information about ELSA contact elsa.weeds@gmail.com.

Town of Estes Park Enforcement

The code compliance Officer will send a letter regarding education and compliance. The officer will provide a list of weeds infesting the property and a list of resources to help with weed management. If the weed problem is not addressed within 15 days, a notice of violation is sent by certified mail to the landowner. If action is not taken to correct the alleged violation, further enforcement action is taken. A Summons and Complaint is issued to the Town of Estes Park's Municipal Court for violation of the Estes Valley Municipal Code (Section 8.04.030 & 8.04.040). Violations are subject to fines and penalties. Potential violations of weed infestations can be reported directly to the Town of Estes Park Code Compliance Office at 970-577-3723 or www.estes.org/codecompliance.



*  The Town of Estes Park is currently participating in a study to control the invasive weed known as "cheat grass". The study will occur 2016-2018 as a partnership among Colorado State University, Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park's Parks Division. Study areas are marked with small flags and located on Town-owned parcels at Highway 7 & Community Drive, Elm Road off Highway 36, as well as off of Fish Hatchery Road. Informational signs have been posted. The study evaluates the effectiveness of a product used to control cheat grass at high elevations.

For more information, please contact either the Town of Estes Park - Parks Supervisor, Brian Berg, at 970-577-3783 or bberg@estes.org, or  Bill Pawleshyn, Weed Specialist with Larimer County Department of Natural Resources at 970-498-5753.

Helpful Documents:

Upsetting the Balance: Invasive Weeds in the Estes Valley

Section 8.04.030 of the Estes Park Municipal Code

Fourteen Very Unwanted Weeds in the Estes Valley

For more information please contact Public Works at 970-577-3587 or publicworks@estes.org