Start 2020 with a First Day Hike, Bike or Trail Ride at Lory State Park!

Guided activities include two different hikes, a mountain bike ride and a trail ride, sponsored by Lory State Park, the Friends of Lory State Park non-profit group and the Larimer County Horseman’s Association.

* Activities FREE with a valid park pass. A day pass is $8.00; annual passes good at all 41 state parks are available for $80.00

Limit 20 participants per activity. Advance registration required. Call Lory’s Visitor Center at 970-493-1623 to register and indicate the number in your party.

*In case of bad weather or unsafe trail conditions, changes or cancellation will be posted by 8 a.m. on Lory’s Facebook page, Friends of Lory website, www.loryfriends.org, or call 970-493-1623.

9:30 a.m. Pre-Activity Social Arthur’s Rock Trailhead. Hikers and mountain bikers are invited to enjoy some non-alcoholic hot beverages and snacks provided by the Friends of Lory State Park. Equestrians will meet at Eltuck Picnic Area at 10 a.m. and can enjoy a post-ride social at Eltuck.

Hikes are led by experienced volunteer naturalists. Open to individuals aged 8 years and up and well-behaved dogs on a leash, also outfitted for the weather. Bring snacks and water, sunscreen; wear closed-toe supportive shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  *If snow or ice is present, snow cleats and trekking poles are recommended.*

Hike #1: 10 a.m. Shoreline Trail. Rated: easy/moderate. This comfortable one mile hike winds over red sandstone hogbacks with a striking background of grassy meadows and dramatic views of Horsetooth Reservoir and beyond. 

 Hike #2 : 10 a.m. Well Gulch Nature Trail.  Rated: moderate. This beautiful 1.5-mile hike winds through several ecosystems: a short grass prairie, granite canyons, a riparian corridor, mountain meadows, and mixed pine forests.

Trail Ride:  Eltuck Picnic Area 10 a.m.; walk/trot ride begins at 10:30 a.m. A veteran horsewoman will lead riders along a popular trail, running parallel to the main road with branches that descend to coves at Horsetooth Reservoir or connect to other trails.*In icy conditions, riders will use the main park road. Post-ride social upon riders’ return to Eltuck, sponsored by the Friends of Lory State Park.

Mountain Bike Ride: Arthur’s Rock Trailhead; depart 10:00 a.m. East Valley, West Valley and South Valley Trails. * Wear weather-appropriate clothing, bike helmets, and bring water and snacks. Led by experienced mountain bikers this outing is open to riders aged 8 years and up with moderate skills.