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“Devil's Backbone hike” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Devil's Backbone Open Space

Devil's Backbone Open Space
Ranked #5 of 54 things to do in Loveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Loveland, Colorado
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Devil's Backbone hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

You can choose any length or difficulty level you wish at this great open space area. There are steeps as well as mellow hikes and you can loop or turn around wherever you wish.

Visited May 2013
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Loveland, Colorado
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great hiking close to town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

The other reviewers have said it all. Close to town. Scenic rock formations. Nice well maintained trails. Linking up with the Blue Sky Trail you can hike all the way to Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins if you want a real long hike. I have come across one rattler sitting in the middle of the trail -- scarred the you know what out of me , he was rattlling and all coiled up and looking right at me. But I backed off several feet and he slithered off into the brush. When the spring rains are good this area has great wild flower displays late May and June. Watch out for mountain bikers too. A couple of hours will give you the basic loop along the back bone rock formation, including stops for scenic views -- maybe three miles total.

Visited July 2013
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Wilderness feeling close to town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Located just west of Loveland, this scenic open space is a nice foothills hike. It's open all year but it can be very hot in the summer and is much more enjoyable in the fall and spring. During winter when the higher mountains are snowy, the Backbone is usually snow free and satisfies the cravings of those wanting to get out and hike. The terrain is a mixture of nearly-treeless desert foothills and large rock formations that includes many level stretches and also a fair number of steep Rocky hills. A good short hike goes from the parking lot to to "the keyhole," where there is a scenic view of the distant mountains through a large opening in the uplifted rock formation. Although there are some houses visible along the trail you still feel like you are on a genuine hike. Ambitious hikers and mountain bikers can also travel many miles north, eventually ending up at Horsetooth Reservoir just west of Ft. Collins. Unlike many Larimer County hikes, parking at the Loveland trailhead is free.

Visited June 2013
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Daphne, Alabama
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“Awesome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Great hike with wonderful views, close to town. Great for beginners, not to steep, but does require good hiking shoes.

Visited July 2012
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Loveland, Colorado
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20 attraction reviews
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“We have an amazing gem right in our backyard!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Our family visits Devil's Backbone regularly, and are thrilled to have open space like this just a short drive from our home. The secret is definitely out, as the parking lot is generally full on the weekends when we have good weather. There's something for everyone, as there are three loops that total about six miles. My son and I typically run all three loops while my husband and daughters walk the dogs on just the first loop. This is a great workout - I always feel like I've accomplished something when I'm done! Don't let the full parking lot fool you: while there might be some congestion on the more popular first loop, far fewer people venture into the second and third loops, so there is still some peace and serenity to be found here.

Visited May 2013
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