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Devil's Backbone Nature Trail

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Devil's Backbone Open Space

Devil's Backbone Nature Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Loveland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Please note: this trail may closed seasonally during muddy conditions. Please consult the park's website before visiting. An extension to the Devils Backbone Interpretive Trail. After a short but fairly steep uphill you will enter a rolling plateau that has some awesome views of the CO foothills with Longs Peak in the background. If you're quiet and observant you may see some deer along with other wildlife. For an area that is so close to civilization the quiet and solitude of this place is a nice respite. The views of the Devils Backbone from the summit gives a different view to this geological wonder. There are a number of continuous trails to Devil's Backbone. To the south of the starting area is Morrison Loop which is WHEELCHAIR accessible and about .8 miles. Starting to the north is Keyhole or Wild Loop which is the popular hike of about 2.6 miles.

recorded Devil's Backbone Nature Trail

hiking
10 days ago

I was finally able to complete the trail. It was perfect to come in the evening where it’s nice and cool the scenery is beautiful and it’s about a moderate level wise not to easy not too hard.

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11 days ago

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muddy
14 days ago

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18 days ago

Please be mindful of taking your dog here on hot days, two dogs were just rescued by Larimer County Rescue Team on a 90 degree day. Please pay attention to your dog and always carry plenty of water for them.

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rocky
23 days ago

mountain biking
25 days ago

Awesome. We took our three kids (15, 10, & 7yrs old) up to the base before it gets really technical at the Hunter Trailhead. They are all learning to be more comfortable on their bikes, and this was a really great confidence booster for each one of them!

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rocky
1 month ago

Not a lot to look at but good for younger kids cause it is very flat.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice little hike! Pretty easy stuff for the most part; very well maintained hiking and biking trails. There were a fair number of people on the trail, but certainly not crowded for a Thursday afternoon. Lots of sunshine on this trail, so be prepared. The breeze was nice, but little to no shade. Saw 2 rattlesnakes, a few deer, and lots of birds and grasshoppers! Will definitely do again!

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1 month ago

loved this little hike! did it in the middle of the day and had no problems with heat or it being busy. did see a rattlesnake though so watch out!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on 5/17 around 9 a.m. Nice trail, but was EXTREMELY busy and packed on the trails. One of the most crowded trails I’ve been to recently.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Amazing trail, there where a couple areas where it wasn’t safe for the bike (unless you are an experienced biker) but I simply dismounted my bike, walked past it, and road again. I got there around 8am, there were a lot of empty parking spaces. When I got done with the trail around 11 IT WAS FULL and cars were struggling to find parking so definitely plan accordingly.

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rocky
1 month ago

Such an immense amount of dog poop. Absolutely ludicrous!

1 month ago

Easy hike. The thing about it is they have built alot of house's around the trail it really takes away from the hike. Wish it was still like when I was a kid.

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1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Beautiful views throughout the hike, especially while the sun is rising. I would understand why this would be a hot hike to do in the middle of the day; very exposed. If you can, do it in the morning. The sunrise is unbeatable.

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1 month ago

Trail open. Most of it lacks shade except for the keyhole. Was a great, easy trail for my first solo hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is open

This is a fairly easy loop to complete with stunning views that have you stopping along the way. I would reccomend going in the morning as the sun tends to blind the view of the devils backbone. But a fun hike for all ages.

Great trail, great times.... easy for the family.

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rocky
3 months ago

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