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Devil's Backbone Nature Trail

MODERATE 488 reviews

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

no shade

Please note: this trail may closed seasonally during muddy conditions. 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.

2 days ago

closed for muddy wet conditions

snowshoeing
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snow
9 days ago

we arrived at 1030 on weds 12/4. only a couple of other cars in the parking lot. 1st loop is a mix of snowy and icy. we were Snowshoeing but if we were not I probably would have wanted spikes. it was really pretty packed down though over the course of the trail. stairs and bridge were clear but muddy. loop 2 was slushy and muddy. this is going to be a mess in a couple days though with the sun coming out we enjoyed our Snowshoeing endeavor!

1 month ago

Been living in the area for several years now and we frequent this trail weekly. Always loved this open space. The last two months have been a nightmare for high traffic on the trail and people not following open space regulations. I even see a review below me stating "lots of spots to wander off trail". THERE ARE NO SPOTS TO WANDER OFF TRAIL, THERE ARE SIGNS EVERYWHERE STATING THIS. I have had to tell several people I have seen hiking the last few weeks who are creating social trails right next to signs that say "not a trail" what trail rules are and how to be a decent human being while hiking. The city has been talking about adding fees to this space for the last year for these exact reasons, because people are destroying the land. So please, PLEASE if you want to keep this open space free and an amazing place for all of us to enjoy, respect the land while you are there and follow the trail rules!!

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rocky
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1 month ago

Hiked on 10/31 starting about 10:30 am. Day started chilly around 20 degrees but was sunny. Trails were a mix of snow patch and clear. Used spikes initially but took them off. After awhile sun warmed things up and snow became slushy. Scenery was beautiful with snow covered hills. Completed hike around 1:50 pm. Three loops were hiked: Wild, Hunter and Laughing Horse (rocky). Total distance 6+ miles. Good workout and hike with varied terrain and vistas.

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no shade
1 month ago

Nice, very high traffic!

hiking
1 month ago

For a semi-local trail, it was really cool! Lots to see and great views. Not too difficult of a hike either, quiet and peaceful...but do watch for snakes!

hiking
1 month ago

This is right outside of Loveland and not far from Fort Collins so a really great trail to quickly get to if you’re in those areas! We saw many trail runners, mountain bikers, dogs (on leashes) and hikers — this was mid Oct and we didn’t see rattlesnakes but were warned to keep an eye out. We think Devil’s Backbone open space is a great area bc it has so many options — there are easy out and back trails or keep going for some more loops to make your hike longer. Or keep going to coyote ridge or FC! A lot of the trail was pretty nice — just a few parts were rocky. Much of it is right in the sun so a hat was helpful. Bathrooms at parking lot and there are water fountains but they were turned off for the season. Great maps at the start to show you all your trail possibilities. The actual “backbone” is awesome — there are some amazing views of it through the hike! But otherwise the views include a lot of big new homes.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to get to- 5 minutes from Loveland suburbs. Open grassland views and plenty of trail to hike. Interesting rock formations. Good for bringing out-of-towners on. Haven’t seen any rattlesnakes myself but I was warned there are a lot so I avoid bringing my dogs. Breezy and heavily trafficked.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Definitely got my work out in. Rattlesnakes are still out, so be aware. I enjoyed that there was a separate trail for bikers and hikers. Worth exploring.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail with alot of areas to roam around off-trail (within reason). They also have a smaller/shorter educational trail that is great for kids!

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no shade
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

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no shade
2 months ago

This was a very nice, easy trail that we did in the early evening so it wasn’t too hot. Very well marked and beautiful views. Will definitely go back.

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bugs
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rocky
2 months ago

No shade was it's only fault. There are some rocky bits but easy enough to walk over. The views were lovely and the path was very easy to walk. Plenty of small Wildlife: bugs, birds, snakes. Be aware.

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bugs
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Very nice trail, well marked. Beautiful scenery looking through the keyhole! Plenty of parking at the trailhead along with water and restrooms .

hiking
3 months ago

Nice out and back. Cool temp to start but warmed by time we finished. Recommend doing this trail in the morning.

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