Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 11/16/2015

Current Conditions

Park situation

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


With the weather cooling down, we are seeing an increase in usage at the trail. As a result, 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.

As we beigin to see more precipitation in the forecat, these trails may be closed to protect them from damage. When they are open, 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.

Snake Sightings
Devil's Backbone is home to many species of snake, including: Bull Snakes, Racer Snakes, Garter Snakes, Milk Snakes and Prairie Rattlesnakes. It is not unlikely for you to see a snake patrolling through the grass or sunning on the trail during the morning and evening when they are most active. If you encounter a snake, back away slowly and give it several feet of space to retreat. If a ranger is nearby, notify them of the location of the snake if it was close to, or on, the trail. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, remain calm and dial 911. Remove all jewelry and watches, and immobilize the the bitten limb while keeping the bite site below the heart. 

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, American Kestrels, Cliff Swallows and Orioles have been seen along the trails.





See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.