Dream Lake iced over - RMNP

Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 8/20/2016

Current Conditions

photo from park
Improved Devil's Backbone Trailhead on March 11
Park situation


Please park in designated spots only.

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.

The trail has a potable water spigot at the trainhead, but offers no other water and little shade for miles. Please bring water for yourself and your pets and take care to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin and face from the sun!

The new trail is open!!! 

The new trail is now open and accessible to bikers, trail runners, and equestrian riders, however no hikers are permitted.  The entrance is located on the South West corner of the trailhead parking lot. The foot traffic only entrance for hikers is where the original trailhead was located to the North of the bathrooms. See the map at the trailhead kiosk for reference. Enjoy!!!

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. If you are bitten by a snake, stay put and call 911.

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.