Latest News Updates:

Friends of Lory news: On April 29, 2015, we published our Spring 2015 e-newsletter. Read on for more updates, park news, and more!

Friends of Lory news: Thanks to a generous private donation received in Dec. 2014, we have secured base funding for our Environmental Education Scholarship Fund so that can launch the program in 2015. Interested in helping with the project? Email us at Donations always welcome! We are a 501(3)(3) non-profit organization. Please consider us for your planned giving.

Friends of Lory news: We raised over $800 at our Get the Kids out Fundraiser at Odell Brewing Co. on 10/28/2014. Thanks to Odell’s for their generosity in hosting the event and providing the outstanding selection of beer. Thanks to Common-Link food truck for providing food for attendees. This event was the kick-off to launch our Environmental Education Scholarship Fund so that we can provide support to school groups to visit Lory State Park. Scholarship program and applications will be available in Spring 2015. We are forming a scholarship committee to run the program. If interested, please email

Friends of Lory news: On 9/18/2014, we received official notice of our 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. We submitted our 501(c)(3) application on 3/4/2014. Thanks to many volunteers and the FoLSP Board for their work in securing our non-profit status.

Friends of Lory news: We raised over $600 at our Ice Cream Social Fundraiser on Monday, August 4, 2014, Colorado Day! Funds raised will be used to create a scholarship fund for schoolchildren field trips to Lory State Park to experience nature, time in the Park, and environmental learning with the Park naturalist. Scholarship program planning will come in Fall-Winter 2014 and details announced later in 2015. Read more about the event and Friends of Lory activities in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Tracks, Trails, and Tales Summer-Fall e-newsletter.

Friends of Lory news: We have published our 2nd newsletter on June 10, 2014. Please read about our spring-summer activities, events, volunteer opportunities, and more in the Friends of Lory State Park Spring Newsletter 2014.

Friends of Lory News: After fire, volunteers help rebuild Lory State Park (6/8/2014) – KUSA 9News story about volunteers rebuilding trails June 7-8, 2014.

Friends of Lory News: Photo Contest – Calling all Camera-clicking Park Visitors!
Park visitors frequently ask staff for postcards of Lory State Park, but none are available. To remedy this situation and raise funds for the Park, Friends of Lory State Park is sponsoring a photography contest. We are looking for your recent or dated photographs taken within the Park boundaries that would make attractive postcards. Limit is 6 photos per person and entry fee to help with printing costs is $5.00 per photo. Six to ten winning photographs will be selected, printed as postcards, and offered for sale in the Park Visitor’s Center.  Rules of the contest are posted here. Submission form is here.  Email your entries to us. Write “Photo Contest Entry” in the subject line. Entries will be accepted until Midnight, July 31, 2014, and winners announced by the end of August. If there is continued interest, we may hold another contest next year.  We look forward to viewing your submissions, so send them in soon!

Friends of Lory News: Seeking Board members! The Friends of Lory is currently seeking members to serve on the Board of Directors. Please see the job description and application for more information. Applications are due by July 1, 2014 and can be mailed to Friends of Lory, PO Box 11, Bellvue, CO 80512 or emailed to loryspfriends[at]

Friends of Lory News: We have published our inaugural newsletter on March 18, 2014. Please read about our activities, events, volunteer opportunities, and more in the Quarterly Messenger, Volume 1, Number 1 (PDF).

Friends of Lory News: On March 5, 2014, the Friends of Lory submitted our application to the IRS for a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Friends of Lory News: Volunteers worked all throughout the summer of 2013 to rebuild 10 bridges that burned in the Galena Fire (March 2013). The last bridge was finished on August 1, 2013! Please read about our rebuilding work on page 5 of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Summer-Fall 2013 Newsletter. Read by Web (click on 2013 Summer-Fall Newsletter) or PDF versions.

Park news: On May 7, 2013, Park Manager Larry Butterfield was recognized as a 2013 Public Service Recognition Week honoree. Since 1985, U.S. Congress has designated the first week of May as Public Service Recognition Week and is a time to honor the country’s public service employees. The Governor’s Office and the Department of Personnel & Administration asks each State agency to select one employee who most exemplifies the significant contributions public servants make to the quality of life in our State. This year, Larry Butterfield, Park Manager at Lory State Park, Department of Natural Resources, is one of the state of Colorado’s honorees! Larry was honored for his actions during the High Park Fire of 2012 and the Galena Fire of 2013. Read more (pdf file) about the award and Larry’s work, along with other honorees in the state of Colorado.

Park news: Lory State Park is reopening on Friday, April 19. However, there are still trail closures in place due to bridges being out. Please check the Park webpage for updates trail closures. There are numerous volunteer projects scheduled in April and May focusing on rebuilding and restoration.  If you would like to be added to the Park’s volunteer list for these and future projects, please call the Park Visitor Center at 970-493-1623.

Friends of Lory news: Beginning October 2012, a Steering Committee has met monthly to form the Friends of Lory, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the Lory State Park. As of April 2013, Friends of Lory has incorporated and is pursuing the 501(c)(3) designation. We gratefully accept donations to help launch our efforts so that we can start supporting the Park and complementing the Park’s goals.