Explore the most popular trails in Devil's Backbone Open Space with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

a lot of people and dogs out for a Friday at noon. Sun is shining. Parking lot near Lee. Trail all dry except the beginning where there are some trees. That part has some snow and ice. But beyond the trees is totally dry for the first Loop of this Trail

Great hike - nice trail - small hills - lots of flat. Gorgeous views !! Nice for all levels.

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muddy
snow
22 days ago

Moderate traffic for a Saturday, plenty of parking. Warm days mean this hike will be packed, and for good reason. Great views of the backbone and the Front Range. The keyhole is fun to check out, but my favorite part of my hike was passing by it and taking the Hunters Loop, such beautiful views of the entire backbone from a higher vantage point.

My wife and I hiked this today and you definitely have to watch for mountain bike riders and such, but the terrain was not difficult and is kid friendly as we saw a lot of other families out there today. The “Keyhole” is definitely worth checking out. All in all a good hike.

Great hike minimal parking. Try to go on a weekday, weekends are very packed. Easy To hard trails. Very beautiful. Bikers can be rude be aware.

Missed this hike for 17 years driving from FOCO to RMNP... Great hike with rolling hills and great rock formations.
My bride of 37 years & I thoroughly enjoyed this "walk in the park!"

Made this hike right before Christmas and there was no snow and very few ice patches. Trail was busy with lots of people and dogs. In speaking to the ranger there has been mountain lion signs and sightings. During warmer months there are lots of snakes including rattlesnake. Will do this hike again.

Nice, quick hike that is family friendly. My kids enjoy the hike and looked forward to the Keyhole at the end of the trail.

Near our house.. and the puppy loves it! A great after-work or Sunday morning hike.

Our family of six hiked to the Overlook & back today. Beautiful weather the day before Thanksgiving & landscape, but trails were a bit muddy and there’s some steep stairs. I made sure my kids got up alright, then tripped myself. Whoops! Trails were busy with people of all ages and lots of pups along the way!

Great trail for a day of escape from the stresses of dealing with my momma and her Alzheimer’s. Friendly hikers, well behaved dogs. Was busy but going in the afternoon I think I missed the Saturday crowds. Clean and well maintained this was a great walk for stretching our legs!

Lovely trail! Heavily used but everyone we met was well behaved and respectful, including the dogs! Was a nice escape from the stresses of dealing with a mom and her dementia. Took my doggo and enjoyed a good leg stretch. Nicely maintained and clean! Lovely views!

Great trail!! The dogs loved it, and me and my friend loved it. It was not far outside of Loveland. And like others have said, it is pretty rocky the farther you go. Like big red rock slabs! This is a super dusty walk though..just FYI. I really enjoyed myself though.. it was a nice incline and not too crazy. Everyone was respectful and nice.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorites when I feel like going on more than a walk but don't have time for a long hike.

Quick and easy! Decent views minus all of the houses. Overall good morning booster to eat some breakfast and prepare for harder hikes.

I have hiked this 3 or 4 times now. A nice stretch of the legs, this out and back trail has some beautiful views. Go early, especially in warmer months, and avoid the crowds. Large parking lot accommodates large horse trailers for those lucky folks who have a horse lifestyle. Dogs on leash.

Good trail for all ages— 7 to 78 yr. We had lunch at the arch and rested on benches along the way. Very interesting rock formations and history was highlighted on story boards.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Fun. Fast. Flowy

Nice trail. Love it!

Fun hike! Good trails and some beautiful scenery up close and far away. Enjoyed the trail!

mountain biking
6 months ago

August 18, mountain bikes the trail with my 13 year old. We loved the trail, absolutely beautiful and fun. We are from Michigan so this was definitely different than what we are use too. It was a blast and I would recommend it to anyone.

Nice trail close to town with rocks and nature. Very enjoyable.

Great short & quick hike.

Beautiful trail. Pretty easy but the farther you go in the more rocky it gets. Went to the end of the laughing horse loop & turned around due to ominous looking weather. I gotta go back and go farther next time.

Great hiking close to town. Beautiful views and some challenging spots that make it enjoyable.

Love but be cautious of rattle snakes !

Great hike for all levels and ages of hikers. No shade. Be cautious of snakes. Hear they are there but in the numerous times I have been out there thankfully have only encountered one time. We stay on trail though. Its pretty heavily trafficked.

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