Lory State Park
Open: Open all year
Hit the trail at Lory State Park and enjoy mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding amid some fabulous foothills scenery just minutes from Fort Collins and adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir.
From rolling valleys to mountainous hillsides, Lory State Park's 20 miles of trails rarely exceed a 12 percent grade. The variety of trails is great for short or long hikes, mountain bike rides, horseback rides and jogs. Backcountry camping is also available for visitors looking for a quiet getaway close to suburban Fort Collins .
The trails on the east side of Lory provide access to some of Horsetooth Reservoir’s bays and coves. Canoeists, kayakers, and rafters can hand-launch their crafts within a short walk from the North Eltuck Bay parking lot. Power boaters can launch their boats at the Horsetooth Dam boat ramp 2 miles away in Horsetooth Reservoir. Power boating is also available at the nearby Boyd Lake State Park. Boaters and off-highway vehicle users can now register boats, OHVs and snowmobiles at Lory State Park during visitor center business hours.
Camping is only permitted on Friday & Saturday nights during hunting season. Only backcountry camping is permitted at Lory State Park. There are no facilities for car or RV camping available. Primitive sites can be accessed by a minimum two-mile, one-way hike. The backcountry sites are a good training ground for Scouts and other groups who want to train for longer backpacking and camping trips. There is no water, restrooms, or tent pads at these sites and fires are prohibited. Campers are required to purchase a backcountry camp permit
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