Lory State Park offers spring events abloom

Lory State Park has a variety of programs for adults, families and youngsters to enjoy this spring.

• Discovery Walk along Well Gulch Nature Trail
On Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 a.m., Lory State Park is offering a guided discovery walk along the Well Gulch Nature Trail. This Earth Day event is a great way for families to enjoy some time outdoors. We’ll spot wildflowers, take in great views, and get to know the park. Leashed dogs are welcome.

• Junior Ranger Adventure Program
On Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Lory State Park’s Junior Ranger Adventure Program will be held at Soldier Canyon group picnic area for youngsters 7-10 years old. Learn about the park’s mammals, geology, and wildflowers while taking a hike. Also interview a ranger, prepare a snack, and meet new friends. Admission is a $10 donation per child. For more information email lory.park@state.co.us attention Linda.

• What’s up With our Trees?
On Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m., there will be a 2-hour walk and talk along the Arthur’s Rock trail to discuss and learn what is happening to many trees in Colorado. This interactive program is designed for youth and adults.

• By the light of the flower moon
On Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., join one of Lory’s park rangers and naturalists for a fact-and-fun filled 2-hour trail hike under a full-moon to learn about what animals do in the evening. Please bring a jacket and a flashlight.

• Wildflower Digital Photography Class
Back by popular demand, Lory State Park photographer and volunteer, Paul Carlson, is offering two classes and field opportunities Saturdays June 2 and 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. An introductory lecture at the Visitor Center will be followed by a field session in the park to try out the wildflower digital photo tips. Afterwards, the group can gather back in classroom to see their photos and learn more about recommended photo software. Each class is $10 per person plus a vehicle pass is required.

To make program reservations and for additional information call 970-493-1623. All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must display an annual ($70) or daily ($7) Colorado State Parks Pass.

Lory State Park, located in Bellvue, offers visitors a variety of rugged terrain and the 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.

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