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Devil's Backbone Nature Trail

Rt. 34, Loveland, CO
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Loveland
Type: Trails
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Limerick, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great trail - not too hard but wear boots as you may well come across snakes. Views are great if you get to the keyhole - good for photos too - I did not have my camera with me though! It is easy to find of CO34

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Devil's Backbone is aptly named because that is what it looks like from a distance. It is north of highway 34 on the west side of Loveland. It is just a few miles from the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon on the drive heading up to Estes Park. It is a rolling hills type of hike on a... More

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Concord
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is the kind of area I like to see when I travel, something you will not see anywhere else. Garden of the Gods in Colorodo Spring is similier but still differant. The trail is well maintained and still a good workout. The rock formation is awesome, reminds me of Godzilla laying down. I did this hike in the evening... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a beautiful spot. You must make the short, relatively easy hike to the Keyhole. I managed to get stuck on the trail during a thundershower so the Keyhole came in handy for shelter. I also biked Blue Sky trail. People are not kidding about the rattlesnakes in this area. I came across one that would not leave the... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a lovely hike, with interesting features, but I only made it as far as the Keyhole, about a mile in. It was the middle of the day, and it felt like I was walking through a desert. The sun was biting! The Keyhole was a nifty trip though, and I was able to get a few scenic and... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Nice views and very interesting geology, but can be hot when very sunny. Best if visited in cooler months.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Easy to moderate walking...Ideal for running or biking...cloud cover is always iffy, but if it comes in from from the East, expect it to happen...If can do a long hike, go all the way to Horse Tooth. It's a terrific walk! :)

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

These trails are a great way to see the fabulous rock formations that make up the Devils Backbone. There are lots of different lengths and difficulties to choose from, all well maintained and marked. You also get great views of the Rocky Mountains off in the distance in one directions and verdant grasslands in the other.

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Los Altos, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Wear sturdy boots, bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Expect to be wowed whether you hike the entire trail or mostly enjoy the scenery as I did on this trip.

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The best time to hike Devil's Backbone, off of Hwy. 34, west of Loveland, CO, is during the fall/winter/early spring months when the rattlesnakes aren't out, but it's a beautiful trail anytime. It's a bit hot in the summer, so bring sunscreen, a hat and lots of water! Beautiful views though!

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