Lory State Park

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Lory State Park

Colorado

(970) 493-1623

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Overview

Lory State Park is located just 15 minutes northwest of Fort Collins, adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir.The park boasts a variety of rugged terrain and stunning vistas. The park covers more than 2,400 acres and features 25 miles of trails that lead through forest, meadows and rock-outcroppings, offering visitors great terrain for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Ecologically, park uplands are dominated by montane coniferous forest, foothills shrub and grassland communities. Nearly barren rock outcrops and cliffs support lichen and moss communities. Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, Rocky Mountain juniper and aspen are the dominant forest trees. Visitors can experience Lory's wildlife and colorful wildflowers along any trail. Over 175 species of migratory and resident birds are known for this area, including the grassland species lark bunting, horned lark and western meadowlark, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds attracted to the open water of adjacent Horsetooth reservoir, and park wetland and riparian habitats. Mule deer, coyote, raccoon, striped skunk, Abert's squirrel, cottontail rabbit, porcupine, ground squirrel and red fox are common sights. Occasional observations of black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, elk, and white-tailed deer also occur. Horseback riding enthusiasts enjoy the valley trails and crosscountry jumping course. Mountain bikers may also enjoy the Corral Center Mountain Bike Park, the first of its kind on public lands. Beautiful Lory State Park is open to explore and enjoy all year long.

Map of Lory (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.574701, -105.190112

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Activities

  • Boating

    Horsetooth Reservoir borders Lory to the east and is operated by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. Canoeists, kayakers, and rafters can hand-launch their crafts within a short walk from the North Eltuck Bay parking lot. The boat ramp nearest to Lory is located at Horsetooth Dam, about two miles away. Another option for power boaters is Boyd Lake State Park in the Loveland area, a short drive from Lory.

  • Bird Watching

    Over 175 species of migratory and resident birds are known for this area, including the grassland species lark bunting, horned lark and western meadowlark, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds attracted to the open water of adjacent Horsetooth reservoir, and park wetland and riparian habitats. Conspicuous birds include the canyon wren, yellow-breasted chat, western tanager and broad-tailed hummingbird.

  • Bicycling

    Trails open to bikes are the East, West, and South Valley Trails, as well as the Shoreline, Mill Creek Link, Howard, Kimmons, and the Timber Trail. Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trails can be accessed through the Lory Trail System.

  • Camping

    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.

  • Climbing

    Lory State Park allows rock climbing. All hardware and/or permanent fixtures must be removed after each visit.

  • Fishing

    Horsetooth reservoir borders Lory State Park to the east and is operated by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. On the west side of the reservoir, accessible by foot only, there are five coves that offer bass, trout, and walleye fishing. All Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing regulations apply. Boaters can park in the North Eltuck Bay parking lot and hand-launch their boats. Boat registration services are available at the Lory State Park Visitor Center during business hours.

  • Hiking

    The variety of Lory's trails makes the park suitable for hiking, walking, and jogging. Safe drinking water and restroom facilities are not available on the trails. An adequate water supply should be carried and may be obtained at the visitor center.

  • Horseback Riding

    Trails open to horses are the East, West, and South Valley Trails, Shoreline, Timber, Howard, Kimmons, and the Mill Creek Link Trail. The South Valley trail and Mill Creek Link connect to the trail system in Horsetooth Open Space.

  • Hunting

    The park is open to hunting. Hunters are required to register at the visitor center and all harvests must be reported.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    OHV driving opportunities are available in the area.

  • Picnicking

    There are many scenic picnic areas at Lory State Park. The Homestead Picnic Area is a spacious picnic area with views of the reservoir and plenty of shade. Picnic tables are also available at South Eltuck and Arthur's Rock trailhead.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Mule deer, coyote, raccoon, striped skunk, Abert's squirrel, cottontail rabbit, porcupine, ground squirrel and red fox are common sights. Occasional observations of black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, elk, and white-tailed deer also occur.

  • Winter Sports

    Scenic Lory State Park offers winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and hunting opportunities for cold weather enthusiasts. Trails are open year-round.

Seasonality/Weather

Park is open year-round, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Directions

Driving

From North Fort Collins: Take US 287 north to County Road 54G (LaPorte). Go through the town of LaPorte and turn left onto County Road 52E. Turn left again at County Road 23N, go 1.4 miles and take a right on County Road 25G. Drive another 1.6 miles to the park entrance. From South Fort Collins: Take Harmony Rd / 38E west. Turn right onto 23N. Proceed north until t-intersection. Turn left at stop sign onto 42C. Proceed north until 25G, turn left. Go 1.6 miles to the park entrance.

Flying

Park is located nearby Denver, CO.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(970) 493-1623

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