The new fee to visit Northern Colorado's famous Devil's Backbone, which was supposed to start on Jan. 1 of this year, has been delayed by at least a couple of weeks.

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Devil's Backbone In Loveland Colorado

If you're a Northern Colorado native, you've likely heard of the Devil's Backbone open space in west Loveland. Even if you've never been, like me somehow, you've heard the name.


It's an over 3,000-acre open space that has over 17 miles of trail. It connects Rimrock to Horsetooth and is enjoyed daily by folks from all over to hike, run, bike, horseback ride, view wildlife, and so many other things. Many times due to its popularity, on a nice day, you'll arrive at a full parking lot which can put a damper on your plans.

New Fee To Enter Devil's Backbone In Loveland, Colorado

Back in September of 2021, the Board of County Commissioners in Larimer approved a fee that was supposed to start on January 1st of 2022. The new fee would help cover rising maintenance costs and the general upkeep of the incredibly large open space. According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, some equipment that was ordered to help collect the trail's new entrance fee has been delayed and so the new entry is delayed until the new equipment arrives.

Korrie Johnston, who is a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources, said:

"Tentative receipt of the equipment and subsequent installation is expected in the coming weeks. Visitors to the south trailhead of Devil’s Backbone Open Space will not be ticketed or penalized with a fine prior to the pay station’s installation.”

Usually delayed deliveries make us crazy (Hello Amazon 2 day Prime, I'm looking at you), but in this case, it gives us at least a few more weeks of free fun at NoCo's famous Devil's Backbone.

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