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Crystal Lakes is a private mountain development located near Red Feather Lakes Village approximately 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins, one of Colorado’s fastest growing front-range communities. Established in 1969, Crystal Lakes contains approximately 1,700 lots distributed over more than 4,800 acres located in the midst of Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest at elevations ranging from 8,000 to 9,500 feet. With year around accessibility over well-maintained, all-weather roads, this alpine setting of grassy meadows and mountainsides of pine, fir and aspen creates a perfect environment for both vacation and full-time living. More than 600 dwellings ranging from modest cabins to spacious mountain homes have been built to date. Many other property owners enjoy camping on their property. Privacy and seclusion have been preserved by lot sizes generally ranging from 1/2 to 10 acres. Approximately 10% of the land area within Crystal Lakes has been set aside as open space for the common enjoyment of property owners, guests and the abundant wildlife inhabiting the area.
Crystal Lake, Lower Lone Pine Lake, Little Lone Pine Lake, the North Fork Cache la Poudre River, Panhandle Creek, Lone Pine Creek and Beartrap Creek combine to offer a variety of fishing experiences for expert and novice alike. Quality fishing is maintained through extensive stocking and stream management programs administered by volunteers and funded by the Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation Association. Other activities enjoyed by Crystal Lakes property owners include hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and boating on Crystal Lake (gasoline motors are prohibited), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding. The area’s extensive network of more than 80 miles of private roads provides an ideal setting for mountain biking enthusiasts. Those in search of adventure will appreciate the many miles of trails and small/big game hunting available in the surrounding national forest.
Essential community services are provided by the Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation Association and Crystal Lakes Water and Sewer Association. These non-profit corporations are governed by boards of directors elected by Crystal Lakes property owners. Although separately constituted, the Associations have established a partnership arrangement through which they jointly employ a full time general manager, office staff and maintenance personnel to serve the needs of the community. Holidays excepted, the Associations’ offices are open daily from April through October. From November through March, office hours are limited to five days per week.
In addition to managing the extensive open space and common areas in Crystal Lakes, the Road and Recreation Association provides road maintenance, snow plowing, trash removal from a central location, fish stocking and coordination of other recreational activities for its members. Property owners are kept informed about important issues and upcoming events by an association-sponsored newsletter issued six times per year. The Association’s budget, which exceeds $550,000 per year, is generated by the assessment of annual dues on each lot. For the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2002 the dues assessment is $305 for the first lot and $177.50 for each additional lot owned by the same member. The Association’s board of directors meets monthly, and directors are elected at the members’ annual meeting held on the second Saturday in June.
The Crystal Lakes Water and Sewer Association is responsible for administering the water rights augmentation plan for Crystal Lakes and the surrounding area, which enables property owners to obtain well permits. It also operates year around and seasonal water and sewer systems serving portions of Crystal Lakes, provides for water and wastewater hauling services to members who have installed cisterns and sealed vaults and offers RV holding tank pumping services at a nominal charge. Dues assessments for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2002 are $160 for unimproved lots and $250 for improved properties. Lots served by the community water or sewer systems located in portions of Filings 6 and 11 pay additional fees ranging from $60 to $150 per year. The current fee for delivering water is $100 per 2000 gallons, while the charge for servicing sealed vaults and septic tanks is $125 and $175 respectively.
Fire protection is provided by the Crystal Lakes Fire Protection District, a well-equipped, 15 to 20 member organization funded by property tax revenues in excess of $50,000 per year. The Fire District has succeeded in obtaining a Category 9 classification for the area, and fire insurance is available through most underwriters at competitive rates.
Protective covenants providing for architectural control, minimum dwelling sizes of either 600 or 900 square feet, and limitation of certain activities help to preserve and enhance property values. Travel trailers and R.V.s may be placed on lots for not more than three months in any calendar year.
Electricity is supplied by Poudre Valley R.E.A., which has extended service throughout most of the subdivision. Costs to connect to existing lines vary depending on distance, terrain and other factors, and specific costs estimates are available from Poudre Valley R.E.A. at (970) 226-1234. Telephone service has been extended into many parts of Crystal Lakes. Information concerning availability of service and installation costs can be obtained from Century Tel at 1-800-261-7649.
The Larimer County Planning and Building Department (970-498-7700) regulates the construction of dwellings and other structures in Crystal Lakes. With assistance from the Crystal Lakes Water and Sewer Association, the Larimer County Department of Environmental Health (970-498-6775) regulates the construction of sanitation facilities.
Crystal Lakes property owners enjoy the use of hundreds of acres of open space located throughout the subdivision. Hiking and skiing trails have been developed in many areas. Access to streams and lakes is guaranteed by virtue of their location in greenbelt areas or the designation of fishing easements on subdivision plats. Community restrooms are conveniently located at several places within Crystal Lakes. Property owners may also take advantage of boat and trailer storage facilities maintained by the Associations. Picnic areas, community wells and trailer dump stations are also provided for the convenience of property owners.
The centerpiece of Crystal Lakes is a 6,900 square foot community center known as Basecamp or the Wapiti Center. Purchased by the Road and Recreation Association through a one-time special assessment in 1989, the center houses the Associations’ office area, meeting rooms, restrooms with shower facilities, restaurant, general store and laundry. The laundry is open daily from May to November, and the restaurant and store are open on weekends from late May to early September. Overlooking the North Fork Cache la Poudre River, this facility provides a pleasant setting for group meetings, family reunions, weddings and business retreats.
Note: Crystal Lakes is a private community. Access is restricted to property owners and guests with proper identification. Please contact our office to make arrangements to view properties.
Red Feather Lakes is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains 45 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado and 10 miles south of the Wyoming border. Red Feather Lakes is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest with the private land being intermingled with that of the federal forest land. The area was first settled in the 1870's by the John Hardin family. The area is now home to many year round residents as well as the favorite vacation spot for people from many states. Red Feather Lakes can be accessed by driving north from Fort Collins on highway 287 for 20 miles to the Red Feather Lakes highway then turning west on the Red Feather Lakes highway. This highway leads to Glacier View Meadows, Red Feather Lakes Village and Crystal Lakes. Red Feather Lakes is a small mountain village that boasts several restaurants, stores, rental cabins as well as an elementary school and a post office. There are also restaurants and rental homes and cabins in the Crystal Lakes area.
Red Feather Lakes and the surrounding area is home to abundant wildlife including deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, marmots, and a litany of wild birds. The mountains and meadows support a variety of mountain flowers, pine and aspen. Among the attractive features of the area are the many large rock formations that are dotted with vegetation.
Glacier View Meadows is a private mountain subdivision located 35 miles northwest of Fort Collins and approximately 95 miles northwest of Denver. Beautiful scenery, peaceful living and access to desirable amenities are combined in a non-commercial atmosphere.
Named for its commanding views of the snowfields in the 13,500-foot Mummy Range to the south and for its lush, rolling meadows, the community is graced by dramatic rock outcroppings and mature stands of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and aspen. Developed in the early 1970’s, Glacier View Meadows contains 1042 lots within approximately 3,000 acres. Seclusion is preserved by lot sizes generally ranging from 1 to 10 acres. There are currently about 371 homes and approximately 273 full time families. Recent demographics indicate that a significant number of those full time residents have moved from the Front Range and commute to the Ft. Collins area for employment. Part-time residents enjoy vacation cabins or camp on their property.
The subdivision is governed by two property owner's, which have 5-member boards that meet monthly. An Association office is maintained at 1417 Green Mountain Drive, the access to which is through Gate 8. They can be reached at 493-6812. The Road and Recreation Association plows and grades roads, builds and maintains hiking trails and picnic areas, stocks Glacier View’s 3 fishing ponds and develops additional recreational opportunities. Annual dues are $135 for unimproved lots and $150 for improved lots. The Water and Sewer Association is a state mandated association which administers the subdivision’s water rights augmentation program. Property owners are annually assessed $70 for unimproved lots and $140 for improved lots. Membership in this association guarantees property owners a well permit and provides other services such as maintaining the community water and sewer system. Approximately 200 lots are served by this system, which eliminates the need for private wells and leach fields, although a septic tank is still required. In addition to the above dues assessments, improved properties on the community system pay a user fee of $640 yearly; unimproved lots are assessed an availability fee of $320 yearly. The current tap fee for connecting to the system is $5000. Owners are also responsible for the installation of a septic tank and water/sewer line from the main line to their residence.
An Architectural Control Committee provides assistance to homebuilders with information regarding zoning and various permits, as well as creating guidelines for property development. Protective covenants help preserve the area’s aesthetic appeal.
"Most asked about" covenants include the stipulation of minimum dwelling sizes of 800 to 1200 square feet and the owner’s rights to leave camping trailers and other temporary structures on their property for up to 180 days each year. Horses are allowed on designated lots.
Most lots have ready access to telephone and electricity, which are provided by Poudre Valley R.E.A. (970-226-1234) and U.S. West (970-679-7000) respectively. Cellular phone service was added during the summer of 1993. Many homeowners use wood or pellet stoves as a primary heat source; wood is available from local vendors or permits to cut in selected areas of Roosevelt National Forest can be obtained from the Forest Service. Trash dumpsters and a recycling facility are centrally located. Trash service (for use of dumpster) is $45 yearly plus a one-time compactor fee of $30.
Glacier View Meadows altitudes range from about 6,900 to 7,800 feet. The climate is delightful, with an average summer daytime temperature in the mid-seventies. Brief periods of subzero temperatures occur each winter, but the average winter daytime temperature is about 30 degrees. Annual snowfall and rainfall averages are 72" and 18" respectively. Heaviest snows generally occur in March and April.
Wildlife is abundant. Deer browse in yards and sleep under decks. Elk are frequently seen in Glacier View’s southernmost valleys. Mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and coyotes are occasionally seen but remain elusive.
Glacier View elementary students attend either the Livermore School approximately 13 miles east, or the Red Feather Lakes School approximately 14 miles west. Junior high and high school students attend La Porte and Fort Collins schools respectively. Buses pick up and return students on well-maintained County Road 74E, also known as the Red Feather Lakes Road.
Glacier View Meadows offers a variety of recreational and community activities, including monthly pot luck dinners, children’s parties, special breakfasts and a bimonthly newsletter. A softball diamond and basketball court have recently been added. The town of Red Feather Lakes approximately 13 miles west boasts a library, several restaurants, 3 general stores, video rentals, and a beauty salon.
Fire protection and medical care are provided by the Glacier View Meadows Volunteer Fire Department and the Glacier View Meadows "Quick Response Team". The fire department has approximately 16 active members who train twice monthly to increase their skills in wildland and structure fire fighting, as well as other types of emergency responses. The medical team consists of Emergency Medical Technicians and First Responders who train monthly and rotate in teams. Recently, the "QRT" acquired a new, up-to-date ambulance. Medical helicopters from Greeley or Denver fly to a designated site in Glacier View Meadows when quick transportation is needed. Larimer County Sheriffs Department provides law enforcement.
Within the subdivision are four hiking trails and three ponds stocked regularly with trout during the summer. The surrounding Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest and, a few miles to the south, the rugged Cache la Poudre Wilderness, offer unlimited horseback riding, hiking, camping and hunting. Cross-country skiing snow mobiling and snowshoeing can be enjoyed within a few minutes of the development. Numerous platted greenbelts scattered throughout the subdivision ensure that Glacier View Meadows will remain pristine for the enjoyment of future residents.
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