Trail Construction & Detours

Denver Parks and Recreation is constantly working to improve the over 100 miles of trails in the parks system. When doing improvements there may be temporary detours due to construction. We are committed to providing the safest detours available for the shortest amount of time necessary in order to minimize impacts to users.  For additional information related to current or planned detours, please refer to the project list below. (Under Construction, Available Soon)

Although we make every attempt to keep the public informed about the status of our multi-use trails, there are times when they must be closed immediately and may not be noted on this page.  Please be aware of unforeseen conditions due to weather or other unexpected events and be prepared to use alternate routes if necessary.

Weir Gulch

The South Platte Trail at Weir Gulch is back open!  Thank you for your patience.

Project Summary:

• Signature concrete jetty at confluence of S Platte River and Weir Gulch
• Signature curved bridge across Weir Gulch along SPR Trail
• Natural play area with custom play structure, sculptural play elements, natural materials and a water play feature
• Flexible turf areas for informal play
• 900+ lf of Weir Gulch channel improvements
• 525+ lf of new 12’ SPR Trail
• 950+ lf of new 10’ Weir Gulch trail
• Native wetland, riparian and upland vegetation

Construction timeline:   COMPLETED


Johnson Habitat Park  

I-25 & Santa Fe Drive Project (CDOT)

This detour is needed to accommodate a new I-25 & Santa Fe interchange, including a bridge over the South Platte River and Regional Trail.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reply to this email , contact the project by phone at 303-757-9484 or visit for more information.

Construction Timeline: June 2014 - December 2015

Project Summary:

• Environmental education elements including: river overlook, outdoor classroom with cottonwood themed trellis, urban camping area and riverside gathering space with firepit
• Nature play elements including: climbing platforms, rock sculptures, wiki-up area, sand play and ‘fox hollow’
• Signature concrete jetty along river
• Flexible turf areas for informal play
• 1,000+ lf of bank stabilization and riparian restoration along river
• 3,000+ lf of new 12’ SPR Trail, including new underpasses at Santa Fe Drive and Alameda Avenue
• Removal of invasive exotic plant species
• Native wetland, riparian and upland vegetation restoration 

Construction Timeline: June 2014 - December 2015


6th Ave. Project

This detour is not currently in place.  Anticipated closure is spring 2015.

The proposed closure will be needed to accommodate additional work to reconstruct the US 6 Bridge over the South Platte River. The on-street detour route for cyclists riding south will be to use 7th Avenue, Bryant Street, 2nd Avenue, Tejon Street and Bayaud Avenue to reconnect with the trail. Cyclists going northbound will follow the same detour in reverse. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reply to this email, contact the project by phone at 720-881-5540 or visit for more information. 

No detours in Denver at this time.

Go to to see detours outside of Denver.

Beginning in January 2014, Denver Public Works will begin construction on a new storm drain system and a street improvement project along University Boulevard in the Cherry Creek area. Additional work will take place east of  University on 1st Avenue. These improvements will impact bicyclists using the Cherry Creek Trail. During the closure, bicyclists are encouraged to utilize Cherry Creek South Drive. 

A portion of the Cherry Creek Trail near University Boulevard and Cherry Creek South Drive will be closed intermittently during construction. At the closure, bicyclists should utilize Cherry Creek South Drive to avoid the closure.
Please look for information about any detours HERE
No detours in the Denver area at this time.