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Posted on: July 26, 2023

Park County Collaborates with City of Aurora on Wild Horse Reservoir Development


Park County, CO – Park County is in the early stages of working with the city of Aurora on the development of Wild Horse Reservoir. The proposed Wild Horse Reservoir would be built near Hartsel, Colorado in Park County about six miles west of Spinney Reservoir. Wild Horse will be used by the City of Aurora as a storage reservoir, whose existing water rights from the Arkansas and Colorado rivers will be the source of water. No new rights or decrees are being pursued for this project. The reservoir would be ‘off-channel’ meaning no river or stream flows into or out of the reservoir. 

Benefits to Park County 

The reservoir will bring substantial economic benefits to Park County and the region. Construction alone will provide significant financial benefits to the surrounding area. After the lake is complete, fishing, non-motorized boating and nature viewing will provide additional recreational and commercial opportunities to draw locals and visitors alike.

Early in the Process 

The project is currently in the planning and permitting stages. The city of Aurora, through the Aurora Water Department is working on acquiring land that would be impacted by the project, as well as evaluating two possible CR 53 road alignments. The county road alignments are conceptual and have not been vetted – or approved through the county’s planning and comment process yet.

Questions and Comments

For more information, please visit the Wild Horse Reservoir Project website Please email: with general questions and feedback.

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