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Lory State Park
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Lory State Park
Description - Lory State Park encompasses 2,500 acres immediately west of Horsetooth Reservoir and north of Horsetooth Mountain Park. The park is located in the geologic transition zone, like many other state parks on the Front Range, where the plains meet the foothills. Three distinct life zones, as well as, igneous, metamorphic and sandstone rocks can be found in the park.

Most of the terrain in Lory State Park may be used between dawn and dusk. The exception to this is the six backcountry sites that lie along the Timber Trail on the western side of the park. Backpacking in this area is promoted by park authorities.

The only paved road on the site leads south along the eastern side of the park. Horsetooth Reservoir is not directly accessible from this road. (Paths from the road lead east to the shores of the reservoir.) Near the park entrance is the Timber Trail Group Picnic Ground and trailhead. This site encompasses sheltered tables, grills, a horseshoe pit and volleyball Court to accommodate 120 people. The Waterfall Trail also leaves from this site traversing one tenth of a mile along a series of waterfalls.

Four other smaller picnic areas line the access road to the park as it leads southward.

Hiking is the main draw to the park. Several well-maintained trails connect in the central area of the park to open 25 miles of backcountry terrain. Permits for overnight trips in the backcountry are required and may be obtained at the entrance station. Drinking water is available at the park entrance only.

Recreation - The trails bring most people to Lory State Park for hiking and backpacking, but many other recreation opportunities exist in the park. Picnicking, horseback riding, volleyball, horseshoes, photography and viewing scenery, are popular activities in which to participate within the park boundaries.

Climate - This park lies at an elevation of approximately 6,200 feet. Its visitors enjoy a moderate, four-season climate. Because of its location along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the area is buffered from the extremes of both summer and winter weather. Warm, dry days and mild nights are common in Lory State Park.

Location - Lory State Park is located on the western shores of Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins. Roosevelt National Forest begins immediately west of the park.

Take U.S. 287 north from Ft. Collins through LaPorte, then turn left at the Bellvue Exit onto County Road 23N. Turn left again, go 1.4 miles and take a right on County Road 25G. Drive another 1.6 miles to the park entrance.

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Filed By: Marilyn (cheyenne, WY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I want to say thank you to the person that just posted the horseback riding report. I am new to the area and was wondering about riding in the park in early May. It sounds like the elevation is even lower than Cheyenne which of course means a few degrees warmer on most days. I will definitely use this site to report after my trail ride in early May.

Filed By: Timothy Bratten (Wellington, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This report is focused on horse riding. Lory State Park is a wonderful place to ride, with a few caveats. If you're looking for a place to ride in the winter you can ride on the lower elevation trail that stays in the valley. This trail is frequently in good shape for riding then. The footing is good and there are no rocks which is great for people who don't shoe their horses during the winter. In hotter summer weather, take advatange of the trails that ascend to higher elevations. It is rockier at the higher elevations, so shoes are recommended. Lory can be very busy with hikers and mountain bikes so make sure your horse is OK with that. Also, in the hot summer months rattlesnakes are not uncommon. This has rarely been a problem but it's something to watch for. In hot weather, heading for the higher trails leaves the rattlesnakes and much of the traffic behind. See you on the trail.

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Contact Information:
Lory State Park, 708 Lodgepole Drive , Bellvue, CO, 80512, Phone: 970-493-1623
, lory.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Fort Collins Area - Fort Collins is situated at the eastern base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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