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Trail #8

Trail Name: Lory State Park Trails (Larimer)

Govt. Organization: Colorado State Parks

Fees: You “must” get your DAILY PASS of $5 at the visitor center.  An ANNUAL PASS can be bought that is valid at any state park for the remainder of the calendar year.   Call (970) 493-1623 for additional information   

Beginning Elevation: 5,485 ft. 

Ending Elevation: 5,610 ft. 

Trailer Parking: Trailers can be parked at the Stables, Eltuck Picnic Area and at the far south parking area. 

Facilities: At various trailheads, restrooms are available.  

Difficulty: Easy with various bridges to cross  

Length of Trail: See Map on page 85 for the various trails and the length 

Trail Usage: Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking  Dogs are permitted on a leash.

 Directions: Take U.S. 287 northwest from Ft. Collins through LaPorte, then turn west (left) at the Bellvue Exit, County Road 52E (Vern’s Cafe). Proceed approximately 2 mile to County Road 23N. Turn south (left) for 1.4 miles and turn west (right) on County Road 25G. Drive another 1.6 miles to the park entrance.


General Information: Formally ranch land, the 2,400 acres offers a unique view of rock outcroppings, sandstone hogbacks, grassy open meadows, shrubby hillsides, ponderosa pine forests and Horsetooth Reservoir. Located just inside the park entrance is a newly built Visitor Center. The Visitor Center serves as an entrance station for purchasing park passes as well as an environmental education center.  There is ample parking available for your trailer, if you wish to enter the Visitor Center to look around or speak with the rangers.  Drinking water is not available on the trails and may be obtained at the Visitor Center. Be sure to pick up a trail map when you purchase your daily pass; not all trails are available for horseback riding.

For our ride, we parked at the Eltuck Picnic Area. From the parking lot, a short trail connected us with the East Valley Trail.  The East Valley Trail takes you to the south end parking area where you have the choice of Shoreline Trail or the South Valley Trail Loop. Etc., etc,. etc.

Sample Pictures

Parking area

One of the many "bridges" to cross


Map of trails



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