Noxious Weeds

Four very successful weed events were hosted in 2018 with over 579 participants, 458 vehicles, and 1,726 bags of weeds collected. The Town of Estes Park Parks Division handles the noxious weed control on Town property. In addition, the Town teams up with the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA) to hold the traditional Weed Roundup and two or more Monitored Weed Drop-offs each year. These events are made possible with the support from ELSA, the Town of Estes Park, Larimer County Natural Resources, Estes Valley Land Trust, Colorado Department of Agriculture and local 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. In addition to the link at the bottom of this page, the Fourteen Very Unwanted Weeds in the Estes Valley weed booklet is available at the Estes Valley Library and at the Public Works Department in Room 100 of Estes Park Town Hall.

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