Devil’s Backbone Loops

Loveland, Colorado

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Loveland
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 480 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Season: Open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Best March through November
Local Contacts: Devil’s Backbone Open Space, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, 1800 South County Road 31, Loveland; 970-619-4570; larimer.org/naturalresources
Local Maps: USGS Masonville
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil’s Backbone Loops

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May 2018