Lory State Park
Lory State Park is a beautiful owned and operated park just west of Fort Collins and runs between Horsetooth Reservoir and the beautiful foothills. Enjoy over 26 miles of scenic trails with varying terrain from rolling valleys to mountainous hillsides. Popular activities in this park include short or long hikes, mountain bike rides, horseback rides and trail runs. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway close to suburban Fort Collins, check out Lory State Park’s excellent backcountry camping. Water recreation is also popular here due to the many trails that connect to Horsetooth Reservoir. From these trails you can explore some the bays and coves by kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Lory State Park is the perfect recreation getaway for those looking to stay close to the suburban sprawl of Fort Collins.
Top Trails in Lory State Park
Arthur’s Rock Trail
Horsetooth Rock’s little brother known as Arthur’s Rock is the most popular popular hike in the park and it boasts magnificent views of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins from above. On a day that you’re looking for a challenging hike but don’t want to spend your whole day doing it, Arthur’s Rock is your trail. Located in Lory State Park, this 1.7 mile trail is easily accessible from town and puts you in open mountain space within minutes. Enjoy the multiple overlooks at each switchback until you reach the top of Arthur’s Rock sticking out over the trees, which provides for the perfect view of the Reservoir and city.
Timber Trail is a moderate to difficult trail featuring 3.7 miles of beautiful views, pine forest landscape and the park’s six primitive backcountry sites. Also enjoy a group picnic area along the trail where you can fuel up with a packed lunch. The trail climbs steeply through grass and shrub lands before leveling off behind Arthur’s Rock.
Well Gulch Nature Trail
This 1.5-mile trail offers a self-guided nature tour through the grasslands, mountain shrub, and timber life zones. Learn about the wildflowers, steep rock walls and wetland vegetation that line Well Gulch Trail with stations along the way. This trail is perfect for those wishing to learn more about botany, geology and animal life in Lory State Park while being immersed in nature.
Shoreline Trail is a comfortable one-mile hike thats leads down to the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir. The red sandstone hogbacks offer a striking background to the grassy meadows where deer graze. Use this trail to access the coves and bays of Horsetooth Reservoir for a water adventure or enjoy it for an easy hiking or mountain biking adventure.
Kimmons Trail is 1.1 miles and offers an easy to moderate hike with spectacular views of Horsetooth Reservoir and the eastern plains. If you’re looking to extend the hike/mountain bike adventure a little father, continue onto the connecting Timber or West Valley Trails.