Dowdy Lake sunset

Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 7/7/2015

Current Conditions

Park situation

DEVILS BACKBONE OPEN SPACE and associated trails are OPEN for use.


The Devil's Backbone Open Space trailhead (parking lot) typically is overcapactiy during weekends and holidays.  We recommend carpooling, coming during non-peak times, and trying out other less used open spaces.  Please plan accordingly.  Thanks.


These trails may be closed to protect them from damage. Please stay on trail and do not go around muddy spots. If people go around muddy areas, the trail widens and vegetation is trampled. A widened trail is very difficult and expensive to restore. Thank you for helping to keep your open spaces beautiful!

For Natural Resources events and activities, check out the Events Calendar!

Weather conditions can change rapidly at open space areas. Dress in layers, carry extra clothing, and be prepared for cold, wet, and stormy weather.

Mule deer, elk, bobcats, fox, and coyotes are daily residents at the Devil's Backbone Open Space, and tracks and other indications of wildlife can be seen all around if you just take a close look. The best time of day for viewing wildlife is dawn and dusk. The open space opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Please time your hike appropriately.

Bird sightings
The Ravens continue to return to the Keyhole area each year to have their young. Golden Eagles, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Great horned Owls, Barn Owls, Swainson's Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons and American Kestrels have been seen along the trails.





See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
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