Nestled in the foothills of Northern Colorado, Lory State Park offers exciting recreation close to Fort Collins. Horsetooth Reservoir borders the east side of the park, providing a access for hand-launched boats from the state park-side, and numerous fishing coves.
Biking: All trails are open to biking. Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trails can be accessed through the park’s trails.
Boating: Hand launched boats can be launched in the park’s North Eltuck Bay parking lot into Horsetooth Reservoir. The lake is open to power boating, but not through park. The closest boat ramp is at Horsetooth Dam – Satanka Cove, 2 miles away.
Camping: Only backcountry camping is permitted at one of 6 backcountry campsites. The hike is at least 2 miles to the primitive sites. No facilities are provided and there no fires.
Fishing: 6 coves boarder Horsetooth Reservoir with bass, trout and walleye fishing.
Geocaching: 1 geocache in the park @ N 40 34.067 W 105 11.252
Hiking: 20 miles of trails offer a variety of treks, open year round.
Horseback Riding: All trails are open to horses.
Hunting: Permitted during legal hunting seasons. Register at Visitor Center.
Picnicking: Individual picnic sites are scattered around the park. 3 group picnic areas are reservable.
Rock Climbing: Many climbs exist on and around Arthur’s Rock. The visitor center has climbers guides.
Winter Recreation: Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, picnicking.
Address: 708 Lodgepole Dr, Bellvue
Season: Year round
Hours: 5am-7pm (winter), 9pm (summer)
Pets: Yes, on leash
Fees: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)
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