Property: Devil's Backbone Open Space
Priority Area: Devil's Backbone to Horsetooth
Size: 2198.3 acres
Devil's Backbone offers recreation,
wildlife habitat, and the preservation of a
unique geological formation.
(Photo by Scott Bacon)
This is a great place to get out
and enjoy nature!
(Photo by Charlie Johnson)
The Devil's Backbone Open Space protects wildlife habitat, a rare plant community and provides for expanded recreational activities. Its focal point, a unique rock formation featuring The Keyhole, is easily spotted from many locales. The Devil's Backbone is located off Hidden Valley Drive, approximately 2 miles west of the intersection of Wilson and Eisenhower in Loveland. It is a very popular spot, so if you should arrive and find the parking lot full you will know that the trails are at maximum capacity. Please consider one of our other open spaces, such as Ramsay-Shockey Open Space or Rimrock Open Space for your outdoor enjoyment that day, and come back to the Devil's Backbone another time.
|*||Easy to moderate. Trail length is currently 7 miles long, round trip, and unpaved. The Backbone Trail loop (3.5 mi.) has marked stops that coordinate with an interpretive brochure. The Keyhole trail is closed seasonally in the spring to accommodate nesting ravens.|
|Restrooms||*||Restrooms at trailhead.|
|Drinking fountains||*||Located at the trailhead. No water facilities on the trail|
|Dogs allowed||*||Dogs must be leashed at all times.|
A management plan for Devil's Backbone Open Space has been in place since 1999. It was updated, with an extensive public process in 2004. The plan accommodates multiple-use recreation such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on the 7-mile trail system. The trailhead at Devil's Backbone features restroom facilities, drinking water, horse-trailer parking and a picnic area.
The complete plan can be accessed at www.larimer.org/naturalresources/openlands.
Subsequent acquisitions in this vicinity and adjacent to Devil's Backbone Open Space, such as Indian Creek and Hidden Valley, have been included in the updated management plan. In future years, the Devil's Backbone trailhead will be the southern access point of an estimated 14-mile regional trail system.
|Type of Acquisition||#Acres||Property
|Fee simple||1545.0||$ 5,410,000||Larimer Co - $ 1,352,500
Fort Collins - $ 4,057,500
|2003||Future Trail 2006*|
|Fee simple||219.0||$ 2,084,000||
Larimer Co - $ 208,400
Loveland - $ 1,875,600
|Fee simple||9.5||$ 248,000||Larimer Co - $ 248,000||2002||Yes|
|Fee simple||22.0||$ 95,000||Larimer Co - $ 95,000||2000||Yes|
|Fee simple||7.1||$ 35,500||Larimer Co - $ 35,500||2000||Yes|
Larimer Co - $ 589,500
Stryker Short - $ 200,000
Loveland - $ 75,000
|$ 485,520||Larimer Co - $ 410,520
Loveland - $ 75,000
|Fee simple||6.1||$ 92,500||Larimer Co - $ 92,500||1998||Yes|
* This will be part of the future regional trail system from Devil's Backbone to Lory State Park.