Code of the West

There’s a certain spirit of western living we cherish in Glacier View Meadows. Words fall short in describing it–one absorbs it in living in our rugged landscape. It has to do with blending a sometimes fierce independence and self-reliance with careful awareness of your neighbor’s circumstances, done without intrusiveness and with respect for privacy, and a willingness to instinctively reach out in times of need.

We don’t want to be told what to do. We don’t need very many rules–we expect that mature people know how to live in community, with respect for each other.

At the core of this independence is acceptance of a fundamental reality.

It is important for you to know that life in the country is different from life in the city. County governments are not able to provide the same level of service that city governments provide. To that end, we are providing you with the following information to help you make an educated and informed decision to purchase rural land.

Code of the West | Larimer County

In that spirit, we know that neighborhood organizations are not able to provide the same level of service in rural areas that they may in the city. Folks who live in Glacier View Meadows accept these limitations as the dues we pay to appreciate the freedom, the fresh air, and the beauty that are our daily lives.

For homeowners in the mountains, Larimer County points out the following issues of independence to recognize.

  • Access. The fact that you can drive to your property does not necessarily guarantee that you, your guests and emergency service vehicles can achieve that same level of access at all times.
  • Utility services. Water, sewer, electric, telephone and other services may be unavailable or may not operate at urban standards. Repairs can often take much longer than in towns and cities.
  • The Property. There are many issues that can affect your property.
  • Mother Nature. Residents of the country usually experience more problems when the elements and earth turn unfriendly.
  • Agriculture. Owning rural land means knowing how to care for it. In Glacier View Meadows we understand that even the wildest lands do best with maintenance and human attention, and we live within strict limits for water usage in tending our landscape.

Over our fifty-year history, our community has been successful at minimizing and managing many of the fundamental challenges of mountain living. But we recognize we live in remote, mountainous terrain. We’re often called upon to surrender to forces larger than the best of intentions. We love it.

We urge our residents, new and old, the read and re-read the details of the Code of the West. Especially in the dark of January, when the snows fly and the roads are impassable. We’re mountain folk.