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Parks in Northern Colorado to Visit This Spring

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get outside and get a breath of fresh air. And what better place to refresh and reset than in a beautiful Colorado park. There’s never a shortage of options to choose from; there are over 50 parks in the NoCo area. Keep reading to find a park to spend your time, whether you’re looking for a dog, city or state park: 

City Parks: 

Fort Collins City Park

Fort Collins City Park is a great place to spend your days, sitting under a shady tree, reading a good book. There are perfect places to have a picnic, tennis courts and Sheldon Lake to walk around and enjoy the outdoors. 

Creekside Park

With a soothing creek rushing through the park, this is another idyllic place to enjoy a picnic or a good book. There is also a walking and bike path to connect you to different spots in Fort Collins. 

Dog Parks: 

Fossil Creek Dog Park

Located in the heart of Fort Collins, Fossil Creek Dog Park is a great place to spend your days with your furry friends. There are some benches and shady trees to enjoy watching your dog play with others. There is a separate fenced-off area for small dogs and shy dogs as well.

Twin Silo Dog Park

Another big dog park in Fort Collins where dogs are welcomed to be off of their leashes to run freely and play with other dogs. There is an area for small and shy dogs to hang out, too! There are plenty of water stations and poop bags available for anyone who needs them.

State Parks: 

Lory State Park

Lory State Park is a fantastic place to hike, fish, or just escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are several trails to choose from, no matter what type of hiker you are. Be sure to bring a camera because this place has amazing views!

Boyd Lake State Park

With nice camping spots and walking trails around the lake, this is the perfect place to spend your weekends this spring. They have parks, swings and horseshoe pits to enjoy as well. Swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding are highly recommended so make sure to bring your swimsuits! Boat rentals are available, as well.

There is not a shortage of places to spend your spring days in Northern Colorado. This spring has been a warm one, so make sure to get out there and enjoy the sunshine and amazing views that this state has to offer.

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Northern Colorado Mountain Bike Trails

Northern Colorado Mountain Bike TrailsSummer has arrived and mountain bike season is in full swing! Colorado is somewhat of a mountain bike mecca and the trails in Northern Colorado offer up some excellent options for all skill levels. If you are new to the Front Range or are looking to try out some newer more challenging rides this year, these trails could be just what you’re looking for.

Blue Sky Trail | Laporte

Intermediate | 6.2 Miles Point to Point

The north end of this trail starts at the Blue Sky trailhead/parking, the south end meets up with Devil’s Backbone, and it intersects with Rim Rock Trail around the middle. Indian Summer also branches off of Blue Sky, so there are many possibilities for this trail! The trail is mostly clear of obstacles, doesn’t have any very steep grades, and flows incredibly well. With tons of linkup and variations available, Blue Sky is not one to miss.

Devil’s Backbone Loop | Loveland

Intermediate/Difficult | 13.2 Mile Loop

Just West of Loveland off of 34, this trail is an interesting diversion. It follows a hogback, and some of the trail is build on layers of off-camber, crumbling sedimentary rock. You’ll ride Indian Summer and Blue Sky on this loop as well! This trail is more technical than strenuous, with some very rocky sections.

Dirty Bismark | Superior

Easy/Intermediate | 15.7 Mile Loop

This ride follows the well-known Morgul Bismarck road cycling route – a famous race stage in the 70’s and 80’s. The trails are easily accessible from Boulder, Superior, and neighboring towns, and it’s mostly smooth with just a few slightly technical spots. It’s just challenging enough to keep advanced riders interested, but rideable by just about everyone. This makes it a popular route, and it’s often rideable almost all year.

Ginny Trail | Fort Collins

Difficult | 5.3 Miles Point to Point

After a short flat section you’ll begin the final accent. While this climb is far less steep then Powerline Trail it is more technical. When you reach the top you’ll traverse across the back side of the mountain and be treated to some great views of Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. When the trail begins to turn back to the east, stop and take a picture. Now the fun begins, 99.5% of the ride from here is downhill. Watch for alternate lines, skinnys, and rock drops, for added fun!

Heil Ranch

Intermediate | 8 Mile Loop

Heil Valley Ranch is one of the popular Boulder-area trail systems, and this ride is the most commonly ridden section of trail. These trails were the original mountain biking trails at Heil, but others have since been added, including the Picture Rock trail that now makes it possible to ride from Heil Valley Ranch to Hall Ranch. It’s a good intermediate ride relatively close to Boulder, with many options for linking to other trails!

Horsetooth Mountain Park Loop | Fort Collins

Intermediate/Difficult | 13.1 Mile Loop

This 13-mile ride opens with a bit of a haul up paved roads and Horsetooth Rock’s South Ridge Trail to access a series of thrilling downhill runs on Wathen Trail, Loggers, and Mill Creek Trail that eventually spit you out near Lory State Park’s Arthur’s Rock parking lot for a cool-down pedal back to the start of the ride. Enjoy plenty of technical rock features, drops, and small jumps throughout this loop that will keep you coming back for more.

Homestead Meadows Short Tour | Estes Park

Easy/Intermediate | 7.6 Mile Loop

Homestead Meadows is a neat place to go and discover how people used to live in the Rocky Mountains. There are several old cabins and other buildings with informational plaques at each, describing who lived there, what they did, and what happened to them. This ride takes you past a few of these. Most of the route is on old doubletrack wagon roads, but with a few short sections of singletrack included. Its beautiful scenery, interesting history, all from the saddle of your awesome mountain bike.

Limber Pine Trail | Estes Park

Intermediate | 5.2 Mile Point to Point

With lots of twists and turns and rocks to navigate, you get your thrills here by employing good bike handling skills instead of screaming descents. These are beautiful trails, running through pine forest and some large stands of aspen trees. There are many alternate lines built into the trail. These aren’t signed, but if you keep a sharp eye while you ride, you can pick them out.

Pinewood Reservoir | Berthoud

Easy/Intermediate | 5.9 Mile Loop

The trails around Pinewood Reservoir pass through the Ramsay-Shockey Open Space. There are only two trails, Besant Point Trail and Shoshone Trail, and together they don’t amount to very much mileage. But that aside, they do have other redeeming qualities: pretty good flow, some shorter technical challenges, a beautiful serene setting, and minimal to no traffic.

Walker Ranch | Boulder

Intermediate/Difficult | 7.8 Mile Loop

This is a classic loop near Boulder with a nice mix of technical riding, flowy descents, and scenery. Walker Ranch is one of the rides that every Boulder-based mountain biker has ridden. It’s a great ride for someone visiting, offering fun singletrack and great scenery. And it’s located up Flagstaff road, which is worth the drive on its own! This is a fairly challenging ride despite its somewhat short distance. There’s a mix of fast flowy singletrack, technical rocky sections, and even a somewhat difficult hike-a-bike down steep steps to a creek.