Devil's Backbone Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 3/8/2014

Current Conditions

Park situation



Devil's Backbone Open Space is NOW OPEN


The Devil's Backbone trailhead typically is at capacity or overcapactiy during weekends and holidays.  We recommend carpooling, coming during non-peak times and trying out other less used open spaces.  Please plan accordingly. 


Additionally: Glade Park is CLOSED indefinitely. 

If extremely muddy conditions exist, these trails may be closed to protect them from damage. Such closures will be posted on this site, on open space road signs, and at trailheads and a Facebook and Twitter update will be sent out. Otherwise, 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. The best time of day for viewing wildlife is dawn and dusk. The open space opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Please time your hike appropriately.

Bird sightings
The ravens continue to return to the Keyhole area each year to have their young. Two adult prairie falcons have made the Backbone rock formation their home, a new nest has been discovered near the Keyhole. Please respect seasonal wildlife nesting closures. Golden eagles, Turkey vultures, Red-tailed hawks, Great horned owls and American kestrels have been seen along the trails.




Devils Backbone Open Space and the Blue Sky Trail are open. Icy and muddy conditions still exist.

Please remain on the trail to help prevent resource damage.    



See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.