Actual Excerpt From Book 1
Trail Name: Lory State Park Trails
Colorado State Parks
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
Trailers can be parked at the Stables, Eltuck
Picnic Area and at the far south parking area.
At various trailheads, restrooms are available.
Easy with various bridges to cross
Length of Trail:
See Map on page 85 for the various trails and the
Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking
Dogs are permitted on a leash.
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.
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.