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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

Guided Geology Hike Profile Photo  Register Guided Geology Hike
  Thursday, 18 July 2024 |   08:30 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

Join a geologist who will guide you through Lory State Park’s 1.7 billion year history whose rocks, canyons, and hogbacks tell a fascinating story of repeated mountain-building, erosion and deposition. It will be about 1.5 mile long hike with som...

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Campfire at Soldier Canyon Profile Photo  Register Campfire at Soldier Canyon: Constellations
  Friday, 19 July 2024 |   08:00 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required
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Overnight Camp at Lory Profile Photo  Waitlist Overnight Camp at Lory
  Saturday, 20 July 2024 |   07:00 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

We're hosting our popular overnight camp at the Timber Pavilion at Lory State Park! Join Lory State Park naturalists overnight and listen to campfire stories, roast marshmallows, and more. Camping gear will be required, please bring your own tent!

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July Full Moon Hike Profile Photo  Register July Full Moon Hike
  Sunday, 21 July 2024 |   08:00 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

Discover Lory State Park at night under the light of the full moon! Learn hidden wildlife secrets that you would never find during the day. An experienced naturalist will guide you along Well Gulch Trail and share some of their nocturnal knowledg...

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Pinecones: Reptiles Profile Photo  Waitlist Pinecones: Reptiles
  Tuesday, 23 July 2024 |   09:00 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

What'ssssss that in the grasss? It could be one of Colorado's native snakes! Learn about reptiles at this pinecones program and even MEET ambassador reptile, Alice! Pinecones is an early childhood class for children ages 3-6. All children must...

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Junior Rangers: Reptiles Profile Photo  Register Junior Rangers: Reptiles
  Tuesday, 23 July 2024 |   10:00 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

What'ssssss that in the grasss? It could be one of Colorado's native snakes! Learn about reptiles at this junior rangers program and even MEET ambassador reptile, Alice! Junior Rangers is a program for kids ages 7-10. Adults do not need to a...

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Astronomy Program with NOCO Astro Society Profile Photo  Waitlist Astronomy Program with NOCO Astro Society
  Saturday, 27 July 2024 |   08:00 PM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

Join NOCO Astronomical Society at Lory State Park when they bring out their telescopes! A short program on dark skies with be conducted at 8 p.m. followed by stargazing when it gets dark.

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Pinecones: Trees Profile Photo  Waitlist Pinecones: Trees
  Tuesday, 30 July 2024 |   09:00 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

Learn about trees, how they help the planet, and the many different kinds there are at this pinecones program! This is a very sensory involved program where kids will be able to touch trees, sniff them, and see which animals use them for shelter! ...

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Mindful Birding Profile Photo  Register Mindful Birding
  Saturday, 17 August 2024 |   09:00 AM | Lory State Park |  Registration Required

Mindful Birding combines observing birds with mindfulness techniques, creating a practice that builds a heightened awareness. Counting or identifying birds is not the primary focus, but rather, slowing down and increased attention, using birds as ...

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