Larimer County Mountain pass in Summer

Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 10/23/2016

Current Conditions

photo from park
Improved Devil's Backbone Trailhead on March 11
Park situation




Please park in designated spaces only.

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!

The area around the Keyhole has an active bee hive.  Please be cautious.

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.

The trail has a potable water spigot at the trainhead, but offers no other water and little shade for miles. Please bring water for yourself and your pets and take care to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin and face from the sun!


The new trail is now open and accessible to bikers, trail runners, and equestrian riders, however no hikers are permitted. Entrances are located on both the West and East corners of the trailhead parking area, and the access points are specific to your individual recreational needs. New informational signage has been added at the trailhead and within the park, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the most recently designated entrances and exit points. See the map at the trailhead kiosk for reference. Enjoy!

Snake Sightings
Devil's Backbone is home to many species of snake, including Prairie Rattlesnakes. It is not unlikely for you to see a snake 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 you are bitten by a snake, stay put and call 911.

It is illegal to kill snakes at the Devil's Backbone.

Be snake aware!




See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
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