Dream Lake iced over - RMNP

County Offices and Courts will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in observance of the President's Day Holiday. The Landfill will be open. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.


Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 2/11/2016

Current Conditions

Park situation

Devil's Backbone Trails are currently CLOSED for about 4 weeks due to parking area and trail construction. See press release for more information.  There will be no access to the Devil's Backbone or Blue Sky trail system through the Devil's Backbone Trailhead.


We will be checking the conditions daily.

When they are open, please stay on trail and do not go around muddy spots. If people go around muddy areas, the trail widens and vegetation is trampled. A widened trail is very difficult and expensive to restore. Thank you for helping to keep your open spaces beautiful!

For Natural Resources events and activities, check out the Events Calendar!

Weather conditions can change rapidly at open space areas. Dress in layers, carry extra clothing, and be prepared for cold, wet, and stormy weather.

Mule deer, elk, bobcats, fox, and coyotes are daily residents at the Devil's Backbone Open Space, and tracks and other indications of wildlife can be seen all around if you just take a close look.

 Ravens continue to return to the Keyhole area each year to have their young. Golden Eagles, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Great horned Owls, Barn Owls, Swainson's Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons, American Kestrels, Cliff Swallows and Orioles have been seen along the trails.


Snake Sightings
Devil's Backbone is home to many species of snake, including Prairie Rattlesnakes. It is not unlikely for you to see a snake during the morning and evening when they are most active. If you encounter a snake, back away slowly and give it several feet of space to retreat.

Be snake aware!




See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Dream Lake frozen over in Rocky Mountain National Park by Bryce Bradford. All rights reserved.