Dowdy Lake sunset

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Lions Open Space, Pleasant Valley Trail, and Bingham Hill Park

The Pleasant Valley Trail at Lions Open Space [Photo: Meegan Flenniken Evening views [Photo: Rick Price] Leashed dogs allowed [Photo: Rick Price] Hike along the river [Photo: Jeff Andersen] Bingham Hill Park [Photo: Colby Zander]

Located on the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, Lions Open Space offers day-use area picnicking, fishing, hiking, and biking. It's also home to the westernmost portion of the Poudre River Trail, which continues west as the Pleasant Valley Trail. This paved trail winds along the Poudre River through stunning riparian habitat, along a Frisbee golf course, and next to county roads to its end at Watson Lake in Bellvue, Colorado.

Three-acre Bingham Hill Park, with shelters and picnic tables, sits at the top of Bingham Hill and provides a breathtaking view of Pleasant Valley and the town of Bellvue. It's a great place to rest after climbing the hill on your bike!

These three areas have no entrance fees and are open year-round from dawn to dusk. Lions Open Space and the Pleasant Valley Trail are located just south of Laporte, Colorado. Bingham Hill Park is located west of Overland Trail on County Road 50E (Bingham Hill Road).

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Day use only; closed sunset to sunrise.
  • Pets must be leashed and under physical control at all times.
  • Stay on established trails and designated areas to protect natural resources.
  • Firearms, fires outside of grills, fireworks, hunting and trapping are strictly prohibited.
  • Glass containers are prohibited.
  • Alcohol over 3.2% prohibited.

Directions and Parking


Background Image: Dowdy Lake Sunset by John Bartholow. All rights reserved.