There are hundreds of reasons I moved to Colorado, and places like Devil's Backbone are another example of the state's magnificence. Just a couple of miles from my house and the city, you instantly step into Mother Nature's splendor with this pleasant and rewarding hiking trail.
You can choose your length and degree of difficulty with this popular hiking trail that is shared with hikers, bikers and equestrians alike. Highlights include "The Keyhole" which is not far from the trailhead, and magnificent views of the foothills of the Rockies and the magestic, snow-capped peaks further west. Parts of the trail are closed during the spring nesting season, but there is always plenty of trail open for an enjoyable day hike.
Hints for a pleasant hike include carrying water with you and taking advantage of the restroom facilities at the trailhead. Please be aware that this trail is used by cyclists, some of whom ride fairly aggressively.
Directions: Take Hwy 34 westbound from Loveland and Hidden Valley drive is 2 miles past the Rist Benson Reservoir. The turnoff is easy to miss, so be ready to make the turn. There is ample paved parking, but this is a popular venue and on the weekends this hike will be crowded.
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