BELLVUE, Colo. – The park invites the public to celebrate their 40th Anniversary milestone at the Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area, Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Forty years ago on May 7, 1975, the park was named Lory State Park in honor of Dr. Charles A. Lory, an early settler in the area and president of the Colorado Agricultural College at Colorado State University, from 1909 to 1940.
Lory State Park is located in beautiful Bellvue, Colorado and offers visitors a variety of rugged terrain and stunning vistas of the northern Colorado Front Range. The park covers almost 2,600 acres and features 26 miles of trails that lead through forest, meadows and rock-outcroppings, offering visitors great terrain for mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, and horseback riding.
Additional information on Lory State Park is available at: www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Lory.
Park staff and volunteers will be available to provide information, and the park education team will present a living history program highlighting the Howard family, the most famous family to homestead in Lory State Park.
The Friends of Lory State Park, the park’s supporting organization, as well as many other local organizations and partners will be in attendance. Food trucks will have a variety of food options available and outdoor gear vendors will demonstrate the latest in outdoor equipment. Emergency responders, representatives from the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and the Colorado State Forest Service are also scheduled to present information.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.