Devil’s Backbone, Blue Sky, and Coyote Ridge Trails

Loveland, Colorado 80538

Devil’s Backbone, Blue Sky, and Coyote Ridge Trails

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"This popular county trail west of the city of Loveland connects with the Coyote Ridge and Blue Sky Trails. This trail weaves through the dramatic rock formations in the foothills known as the hogback. A beautiful swath of land, Devil’s Backbone Open Space was saved from development, and you can make your way north all the way to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space west of Fort Collins on it. You can set up a one-way car shuttle, with the Coyote Ridge access being the exit point short of South Inlet Bay and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. That adventure is approximately 7 miles one-way and follows a pretty, moderate, roller-coaster trail.

This trail can be used for out-and-back jaunts of any length; the eye candy makes it a treat regardless of your ambitions. Because there is virtually no shade on the trail, start early in the morning or early evening to avoid the blazing sun, or use it in the spring, fall, or even winter when temperatures are cool."

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"Hike up and down hogbacks and along the distinctive Devil’s Backbone rock formation, experiencing the interesting geology ?rsthand. The area’s human history is explained on several interpretive signs and in a trail guide available at the trailhead. Red-tailed hawks, ravens, swallows, and a great horned owl nest in the niches of the Backbone formation. The views are great, too! From prairie to rocky ridges to a lush little gully, the trail constantly changes. With three possible loops, you can ?nd a short or long hike to suit your fancy. The trail system winds for over ?fteen miles through Devil’s Backbone Open Space, up to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Lory State Park. About midway, it connects with Coyote Ridge Natural Area to the east." Read more

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Trail Information

Loveland
Nearby City
16
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces
Local Contacts
Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces Devil’s Backbone Open Space
Local Maps

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Dec 2018