Imagine, for a minute, a crisp morning atop Horsetooth Rock, sun pouring down on the valleys below and coating a fresh set of rooftops to the west.

Now, banish it from thought. Or the last part, at least.

The Larimer County Commission formally approved Tuesday the purchase of two parcels of land, totaling more than 350 acres, at the western border of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.  The land, which includes the valley seen to the west of the popular trail summit, will be placed in a conservation easement held by the city of Fort Collins.

That means there’s no risk of rooftops springing up in one of Northern Colorado’s most idyllic vistas.

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