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“Devil's Backbone Open Space-Just another reason to love Colorado!”

Devil's Backbone Nature Trail
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Loveland
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Loveland, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
318 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 715 helpful votes
“Devil's Backbone Open Space-Just another reason to love Colorado!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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184 reviews
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“Devil's Backbone Nature Trail is wonderful - watch out for snakes in the summer though!!”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We/I love hiking on the Devil's Backbone Nature trail! There are beautiful views and the trail is not difficult to hike. You can go a long way or just take an easy walk not too far. All you need to do is watch out for rattlesnakes in the late Spring and Summer - they like to live in the rocks and they do come out into the underbrush and on the trail - just keep your eyes open! - they look like the dirt! Go west from Loveland on Hwy. 34 (Eisenhower Blvd. in town), toward the Big Thompson Canyon going to Estes Park - the trail is well marked and is on the north side of Hwy. 34.

Visited September 2012
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Greeley, Colorado
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“Great hike or trail run!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Gotta love Colorado. Hit devil's backbone for a great hike or trail run any day! My friends and I love this trail for a quick hike not too far out of town. We can do it on a weekend after meeting up at the gym or just when the mood hits us.

Visited January 2013
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“Good hiking spot for all ages”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This trail is not among mountains and pine trees, but it is a great place to go for any type of hike you are seeking. We like it because it is close to town, and when we have visitors from "the lowlands," it is a great place for a walk at a bit lower altitude before they head up to the RMNP.

It is best in the early spring and fall because there isn't any tree cover and the Colorado sun can get hot. There are great views for The Keyhole.

One should be aware that there are rattlesnakes in the area, A bike rider was bitten this year. But, we have never sighted one on the shorter hikes. They don't like us any better than we like them. :-)

Visited November 2012
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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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“Great on cool days”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Close to town. Easy trail. You can go a short circuit or take a very long walk. No trees but great vistas. Historic area.

Visited December 2012
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