Via site plan shows upcoming improvements to the Devil’s Backbone Trailhead, including more parking spaces. The parking lot will be closed during construction.

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Jan 20, 2016

Contact Information:

Meegan Flenniken, Resource Program Manager, (970) 619-4562

LOVELAND, Colo. – Construction will take place at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space trailhead, resulting in temporary closures at the popular open space west of Loveland.
The Devil’s Backbone Trailhead and associated parking area, located just north of U.S. 34, will close Feb. 1. The Morrison Loop Trail will be closed during construction, as well as the Wild Loop Trail from the southern arc of the loop to the trailhead. Construction is expected to take at least four weeks, weather depending.
Visitors may still access Devil’s Backbone Open Space from the Blue Sky Trailhead, near Horsetooth Reservoir, and the trailhead at the City of Fort Collins’ Coyote Ridge Natural Area.
The temporary closures are the result of improvements coming to Devil’s Backbone, which are based on feedback from open space users and the updated Devil’s Backbone Management Plan. Improvements will include:
  • Expansion and reconfiguration of the trailhead and parking area, with more parking spaces
  • A multi-use equestrian and mountain bike trail through the Hidden Valley area of the open space
  • Designation of the Wild Loop Trail as hiking only
  • A webcam on the parking area, likely to be installed in spring or summer
  • Additional interpretive materials and play features
Updates on construction and reopening of the trailhead and trails will be posted on Larimer County Department of Natural Resources’ website,
For questions or more information, please contact Meegan Flenniken, resource program manager, at (970) 619-4562 or