Know BEFORE you go

CoTrex Trail ReportsPlan to arrive before 9am or after 3pm as the open space will likely reach capacity, especially on weekends in the summer. Check Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) at for the most up-to-date trail conditions, closures, and alerts. Or check under the "Trails & Weather" tab below.

West of Loveland

Red-tailed hawks soaring above, grasslands carpeted with wildflowers, towering rock formations - these are just some of the natural features to be enjoyed at the 3,007-acre Devil's Backbone Open Space. It has 17.25 miles of trail that connect to Rimrock Open Space and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space for hiking, running, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, observing nature, as well as enjoying close-up inspection of the rock outcrop and long vistas.

The Devil's Backbone itself is one of the most impressive and visible geologic landmarks in Larimer County, as well as an important cultural feature with a rich and colorful history.

Drinking water is available at the trailhead. Please carry enough for your hike or ride. This open space is popular. If you arrive to a full parking lot, that means trails are at maximum capacity. Please consider a different open space for the day and come back another time.

Devil's Backbone Open Space is open from sunrise to sunset and is located west of Loveland, Colorado.



Drinking Water
Horseback Riding
Permit Required
Picnic Area



From Loveland:

  • Take Highway 34 west of Loveland to just past mile marker #88 (2 miles west of the Jax). Turn right (north) onto Hidden Valley Drive just east of the old water tank. The trailhead is on your left.

From Denver:

  • Take 1-25 north to Exit 257B (Highway 34 - Loveland). Drive west through Loveland and follow directions from above.

From Fort Collins:

  • Take Taft Hill Road south from Fort Collins to U.S. Highway 34 (Eisenhower) and turn right (west). Proceed west on U.S. Highway 34 and follow directions from Loveland above.