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Lory State Park First Day Hike / Bike/ Horseback Ride

Wednesday, January 01: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lory State Park will host First Day hikes, bike ride, and horseback Ride. Hikes and bike ride begin at 10 am, horseback ride begins a 10:30am. Please register in advance by calling the park visitor center at 970-493-1623.

​First Day guided activities include two different hikes, a mountain bike ride and a trail ride, sponsored by the staff of Lory State Park, the Friends of Lory State Park non-profit group and the Larimer County Horseman's Association.


* All First Day activities are free with a valid parks pass. A day pass is $8.00 and annual passes for entry to all 41 state parks are available for $80.00

Limited to 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 Face Book page, Friends of Lory website,, 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 are invited to enjoy a post-ride social at Eltuck.

Hikes: 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 for the weather with a hat, gloves and layers. *If snow or ice is present, snow cleats and trekking poles are recommended.*

Hike #1: 10 a.m. Shoreline Trail. Rated: easy to moderate. Led by experienced volunteer naturalists, this comfortable one mile hike winds around red sandstone hogbacks with a striking background of grassy meadows where deer graze on one side of the trail, and dramatic views of Horsetooth Reservoir and beyond, on the other side.  


 Hike #2 : 10 a.m. Well Gulch Nature Trail.  Rated: moderate. Led by experienced volunteer naturalists, this beautiful 1.5-mile hike winds through several ecosystems, including a short grass prairie, steep granite canyons, a riparian corridor, mountain meadows, and Ponderosa and mixed pine forests.


Trail Ride:  Eltuck Picnic Area 10 a.m.; walk/trot ride begins at 10:30 a.m. An experienced horsewoman will lead riders along a popular trail that stays at the same elevation, running parallel to the main road with branches that descend to coves at Horsetooth Reservoir or connect to other park trails.*In icy conditions, riders will use the main park road. Hot beverages and snacks, provided by the Friends group, will be served upon riders' return to Eltuck.


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.

Audience: All Ages


Lory State Park

708 Lodgepole Dr Bellvue, CO 80512



Additional Information:

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​Lory State Park


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