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Exhilarating Outdoor Adventures In Front Range, CO
Plan a few outdoor adventures in the Front Range Colorado region and discover why it’s one of the most popular destinations in the state. Rocky Mountain National Park, easily accessible from Winter Park, Boulder and Estes Park, offers hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and rock climbing. Hike to Alberta Falls, or go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or mountaineering. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is well known for its hiking and biking trails, and in winter the area is perfect for sledding, ice climbing and back country skiing. Lory State Park, west of Fort Collins, is close to Horsetooth Reservoir and a part of the Roosevelt National Forest. Hike Arthur’s Rock Trail and Well Gulch Trail, go mountain biking on Timber Trail, or try horseback riding along the Mill Creek Link Trail. Other activities at the park include boating, rock climbing, water skiing, fishing and cross-country skiing. St. Vrain State Park is located in Firestone, just a short drive from Denver and Fort Collins. The sprawling 600-acre park offers several hiking and biking trails and a fun area for off-roading. Enjoy bird watching at Blue Heron Rookery and fishing at Blue Heron Reservoir.
Lory State Park
Set in northern Colorado just west of Fort Collins, the 2,500-acre Lory State Park is part of the Roosevelt National Forest – set off the west shore of the Horsetooth Reservoir.
Founded in 1975, Lory State Park features over 26 miles of trail ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Hikers need head down the 1.7-mile Arthur's Rock Trail, the 1.2-mile Well Gulch Nature Trail, and the 1.2-mile Overlook Trail – and maybe even quick jog down the quick Waterfall Trail.
Packed your mountain bike? Then gear-up for an adventurous journey down the 3.7-mile Timber Trail, the 2.2-mile East Valley Trail, or the 2.7-mile South Valley Trail Loop.
Feel like hitting the saddle? Horsebike ride down the .9-mile Mill Creek Link Trail, the 1.5-mile Westridge Trail, or the 2.1-mile Howard Trail.
Other Lory State Park activities include rock climbing, picnicking, and hunting. Water recreation can be found in the form of boating, water skiing, and fishing on the Horsetooth Reservoir. Visiting this state park during a beautiful Colorado winter? Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking at Lory State Park.
St. Vrain State Park
Formerly Barbour Ponds, St. Vrain State Park is located in Firestone, between Denver and Fort Collins, and is perfect for a day trip in the great outdoors. Sitting on 604 acres, the park features plenty of opportunity bird watching, hiking, and fishing at Blue Heron Reservoir.
Hiking trails include Muskrat Run Nature Trail, Bald Eagle Pond Trail, Coot Pond Trail, and Pelican Pond Trail, each having their own designations as to whether hiking, biking, and off-highway vehicles are permitted access. Don't miss the Blue Heron rookery as well – it's the largest in the state.