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Welcome to the Lory State Park Department!

Hidden in the foothills twenty minutes west of Fort Collins, Lory State Park is an outdoor recreation enthusiast’s dream. Its 2,591 acres with a varied landscape that includes unique rock outcroppings, sandstone hogbacks, grassy open meadows, shrubby hillsides and ponderosa pine forests. Overlooking the Fort Collins area from a breathtaking elevation of 6,780 feet is Arthur’s Rock, a jutting granite formation named for an early local settler. Formerly ranchland, Lory State Park was purchased from the original owners in 1967. It was named and dedicated in honor of Dr. Charles A. Lory (1872-1969), president of Colorado State University from 1909 until 1940. 

Hit the trail at Lory State Park and enjoy mountain biking, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding amid some fabulous foothills scenery just minutes from Fort Collins and adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir.

From rolling valleys to mountainous hillsides, Lory State Park's 26 miles of trails rarely exceed a 12 percent grade. The variety of trails is great for short or long hikes, mountain bike rides, horseback rides and trail runs. Backcountry camping is also available for visitors looking for a quiet getaway close to suburban Fort Collins.

The trails on the east side of Lory provide access to some of Horsetooth Reservoir's bays and coves. Canoeists, kayakers, and rafters can hand-launch their crafts within a short walk from the North Eltuck Bay parking lot. Power boaters can launch their boats at the Horsetooth Dam boat ramp 2 miles away in Horsetooth Reservoir. Power boating is also available at the nearby Boyd Lake State Park. Boaters and off-highway vehicle users can now register boats, OHVs and snowmobiles at Lory State Park during visitor center business hours.

 

Upcoming Activities   Calendar

Jr Ranger: Skins & Skulls Profile Photo  Register Jr Ranger: Skins & Skulls
  Sunday, 26 June 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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S'mores & Stories Under the Stars Profile Photo  Register S'mores & Stories Under the Stars
  Thursday, 30 June 2022 |   07:30 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Jr Ranger/Pinecone: Tree Identification Profile Photo  Register Jr Ranger/Pinecone: Tree Identification
  Thursday, 07 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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NCAS Stargazing Profile Photo  Register NCAS Stargazing
  Friday, 08 July 2022 |   08:30 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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July Wildflower Hike Profile Photo  Register July Wildflower Hike
  Saturday, 09 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Jr Ranger: Intro to Bugs Profile Photo  Register Jr Ranger: Intro to Bugs
  Sunday, 10 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Full Moon Hike Profile Photo  Waitlist Full Moon Hike
  Wednesday, 13 July 2022 |   08:30 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Pinecones: Build Your Own Habitat Profile Photo  Register Pinecones: Build Your Own Habitat
  Friday, 15 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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History Hike Profile Photo  Register History Hike
  Sunday, 17 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Pinecones: Unnatural Trails Profile Photo  Register Pinecones: Unnatural Trails
  Thursday, 21 July 2022 |   09:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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