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Colorado: Lory State Park
Posted on Thursday, October 20 @ 07:58:12 CDT by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails 708 Lodgepole Dr
Bellvue, CO 80512
(970) 493-1623
lory.park@state.co.us

Lory State Park offers fabulous scenery and seclusion just minutes from Fort Collins. Lory is located along the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County. Extensive trails offer visitors terrain for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.

Directions - Take U.S. 287 north from Ft. Collins through LaPorte, then turn left at the Bellvue Exit onto County Road 23N. Turn left again, go 1.4 miles and take a right on County Road 25G. Drive another 1.6 miles to the park entrance.

Trails - From rolling valleys to mountainous hillsides, Lory State Park's 20 miles of trails rarely exceed a 12 percent grade.
Trail Descriptions Arthur's Rock Trail- moderate to difficult This 1.7-mile hiking trail winds through forested mountainsides and open meadows to the summit of Arthur's Rock. Upon reaching the summit of Arthur's Rock, hikers are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Horsetooth Reservoir and the Front Range from an elevation of 6,780 feet. Overlook Trail- easy to difficult Mule deer, wildflowers, Abert's squirrels and spectacular views of the eastern plains can be seen along this 1.9-mile trail, connecting Arthur's Rock Trail to the Well Gulch Nature Trail. Timber Trail- moderate to difficult This 3.5-mile trail ascends from the Group Picnic Area to the ridge behind Arthur's Rock. The trail climbs steeply through grass and shrub lands, leveling off in the pine forest, where the park's six primitive backcountry sites area. Well Gulch Nature Trail- easy to moderate Wildflowers and wetland vegetation line this plush 1.5-mile trail. A self-guided nature tour takes you through the grasslands, mountain shrub and timber life zones, with stations along the way, illustrating botany, geology and animal life in Lory State Park. Westridge Trail- moderate Following old jeep and fire roads, this 1.5-mile trail takes you along the west border of Lory. Tucked down in the pine forest broken by wildflower-filled, open meadows, it's easy to forget about how close you are to civilization. Shoreline Trail-easy This comfortable one-mile hike leads down to the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir. The red sandstone hogbacks offer a striking background to the grassy meadows where deer graze. Waterfall Trail-easy This 0.1-mile trail leads back to a series of waterfalls (during the spring and early summer). Wetland vegetation can be found along the trail throughout the summer. Valley Trails-easy These trails run parallel to the main road, branching to coves at Horsetooth Reservoir or meeting with the mountain trails.

Mill Creek Link-difficult From the south valley trail, this link offers passage to the upper elevations of Horsetooth Mountain Park via the Mill Creek Trail.

The Double Diamond Stable located in Lory State Park
710 Lodgepole Dr
Bellvue, CO 80512
970-224-4200

Note: Trails open to horses are the East, West, and South Valley Trails, the Shoreline Trail, and the Mill Creek Link. The South Valley trail and Mill Creek Link connect to the trail system in Horsetooth Mountain Park.

For more information:
http://www.parks.state.co.us/default.asp?parkID=86&action=park

 
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