This open space features a 5-mile, one-way trail that runs along the scenic Dakota Hogback Ridge. The area around the southern trailhead is terrific for birding, especially on spring and summer mornings. Bullock’s Orioles, Yellow-breasted Chats, and Rock and Canyon Wrens can be seen, along with chipmunks and ground squirrels. Prairie Falcons have nested along the hogback for many years. The short Morrison Trail provides interpretive signage about the unique geology of the ridge.
Directions: From I-25: take exit 257/US Hwy 34 and head west through Loveland for 7.8 miles to Hidden Valley Dr. Go north on Hidden Valley Dr. to access the parking lot, on the west.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Loveland
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible Morrison trail, though dirt, is maintained for wheelchair access