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Colorado: Lory State Park|
Posted on Thursday, October 20 @ 08:58:12 CDT by iljiana
708 Lodgepole Dr
Bellvue, CO 80512
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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