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“A Fun Walk on the Wild Side, Near Town”

Devil's Backbone Open Space
Reviewed November 16, 2012

This walk is very accessible, since this Open Space area is just off Rt. 34 west of Loveland. You are at the parking area in a few minutes and can be on the trail immediately. The Devil's Backbone looks like just that - a spine-arrangement of rocks running along the ridge. It is quite incredible. The first trail I took was to the left from the parking lot - so you head south. I mostly wanted to see the Backbone from that angle. After some photos, I began the longer trail, heading north. This runs along the eastside of the Backbone. Midweek I had the trail mostly to myself. Definitely, as with most Colorado trekking, carry water! There was a major overlook a couple miles up where there is a break in the Backbone, so you can look west - toward the Front Range mountains. I didn't realize how far the Backbone traveled - at that lookout, the area to the north opens up and you can see the trail goes much further. A man walked past moving very quickly, the trail loops down, ultimately taking you much further north. That longer walk for me will wait for another day. The trail is also marked for horses - at times, it splits for walkers, bikers, horses. The area is clean and kept in good shape, though I picked up some litter as I walked. It is an easy walk, but you do rise in altitude. What I mostly appreciate about this area, you can be on the trail within five minutes of leaving the town of Loveland. One downside, as you walk the trail, to the east there are homes - they've got quite a view, but seeing them, you definitely know civilization is near - but the Backbone is really something to see, so this easy walk is good for families who just want something near town.

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