Devil’s Backbone…..

Devil's Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot
Devil’s Backbone as seen from the trailhead parking lot

Less than a mile from my house, our first stop on Tuesday morning on the drive through the Big Thompson Canyon, toward Rocky Mountain National Park, was the trailhead leading to one of Loveland’s gorgeous open space areas. 

 

This area is called the Devil’s Backbone. The area gets it’s name from the unique rock formations called Flatirons. It is believed that the first settlers to this area arrived in 1858 creating farming settlements around the Devil’s Backbone and the Big Thompson River. Flatirons were given their name by these pioneer women, because the flat, jetted peaks reminded them of their metal irons. Not sure how these Flatirons were named The Devil’s Backbone.

 

The Devil’s Backbone Open Space area consists of 2,198 acres and lies in a beautiful valley just west of Loveland. As you hike, bike, bird, eat a picnic lunch or just sit taking in the view, you can’t help being overwhelmed by the areas serene beauty. I can’t wait to hike this area and to capture both a sunset and sunrise photo.

I can't believe how green our area is this year!
I can’t believe how green our area is this year!
You can just make one of the hiking trails
You can just make one of the hiking trails
A close-up of some of the Flatirons
A close-up of some of the Flatirons

2 thoughts on “Devil’s Backbone…..”

  1. Although we lived in the Denver area for a couple of years, it was all work and no play. We need to get back to CO and take our time exploring this magnificent state.

  2. Hi LuAnn, how are you? Are ya’ll still eating blackberries? Yes, you and Terry will have to come back to Colorful Colorado and do some exploring. It is truly a beautiful state. I understand about the all work and no play. It seems like I am rediscovering how beautiful it is here. Funny how that happens!

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