Trails

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Denver offers more than 80 miles of off-street, multi-use trails within city limits. Most trails follow urban waterways, offering safe and scenic routes through various neighborhoods. These trails provide recreational opportunities and supplement Denver's on-street grid bicycle route system.

Regional Trail Map


Rules and Etiquette

For the safety and enjoyment of all users, please follow trail rules and etiquette:

  • Speed limit: 15 MPH (as conditions allow—slow down if necessary!)
  • Yield when entering the trail
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Do not stop in travel lanes
  • Stay to the right; announce to pass on the left
  • Turn lights on after sundown
  • Always wear a helmet!
  • Do not occupy more than half the width of the trail, either single-vehicle or side-by-side
  • Call 311 (720.913.1311) to report incidents, camps, crashes & concerns

Regional Trail Detours in Denver

Bear Creek Trail

Sheridan Blvd.

November 9-30, 2021

Bridge work will require a detour of Bear Creek Trail at Sheridan Blvd. Trail users will be detoured along S. Raleigh Street, W. Dartmouth Avenue and Sheridan Blvd. Download the detour map.(PDF, 2MB)


 City of Lakewood | Bear Creek Park

South Suburban Parks & Trails

Cherry Creek Trail

Ramp Replacements

Week of Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 2021

Ramps at Bannock, Champa & Logan Streets will be closed intermittently for concrete replacement.  


E. Iliff Ave. to S. Quebec St. 

TRAIL DETOUR UPDATE | AUGUST 2021:

This project is entering its final phase of construction where the existing regional trail along the western side of the creek will be demolished and replaced with a new concrete trail, gravel shoulder, and rest areas.

To accommodate this work, the regional trail will be detoured onto the new secondary trail on the east side of the creek for approx. a half-mile, beginning mid-August for approx. 6-8 weeks.  The Quebec underpass will also remain closed throughout the duration of this detour. 

From the north heading south: 
Please use the ramp up to Quebec Street and cross following traffic signals; continue north along the east side of Quebec street over the creek where you will enter the project site on a temporary asphalt path heading south to the permanent concrete secondary trail. From there, you will cross a permanent bridge and follow another temporary asphalt path to connect to the existing regional trail slightly south of Jewell Street. Continue South along the existing trail route.

From the south heading north: 
Please follow detour signs down the temporary asphalt path north of Trenton St. where you will cross a permanent bridge structure and follow the permanent concrete trail on the east of the creek.  You will then connect with a temporary asphalt trail and turn south on the Quebec sidewalk across the creek.  Cross Quebec following the traffic signal and continue down the ramp to the main regional trail existing route.

The new regional trail is anticipated to open to the public later this fall.  Landscaping work, including tree and shrub plantings, will continue in the spring of 2022 and 2023. 

Please use an abundance of caution along the detour at all times:

  • Remain on the designated trail at all times
  • Follow all detour signage at all times
  • Follow all traffic signals to cross Quebec Street
  • Do not cross any construction fences, barriers or signage
  • Please note the detour is narrower: Keep to the right and use caution at all times, especially when passing other trail users
  • If you need to stop, pull over onto the gravel shoulder, out of the main path of travel
  • Slow your speed! Follow the speed limit of 15mph and slow down as needed to maintain a safe environment for all users
  • Learn more about trail rules and etiquette

 the western side of the creek is being replaced with a new concrete trail, gravel shoulder, and rest areas. To accommodate this work, the regional trail will be detoured onto the new secondary trail on the east side of the creek for approx. a half-mile

 

Summer 2019 - 2021: Concrete Express will begin construction of the Cherry Creek Corridor Improvements Project. Work will occur in and along Cherry Creek  and is anticipated to last approx. 2 years. 

The work includes stream improvements, site grading, revegetation and recreational-use trails. Trail detours are anticipated to begin Fall 2019.


 

Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

High Line Canal

Eisenhower Park

Winter 2020 - Fall 2021: A water quality project along the High Line Canal will require a closure of the trail within Eisenhower Park. Trail users will be detoured to Eastman Avenue via Dahlia St. and Colorado Ave. Construction is anticipated to be complete fall 2021. 

Find more details about this project.


Parker & Mississippi

Fall 2020 - 2021: Work will require a portion of the trail to close for several months from South Parker Road at East Mississippi Avenue southeast to the High Line Point Apartments clubhouse. While work is underway, a section of the High Line Canal Trail that runs adjacent to Parker Road at the East Mississippi Avenue intersection will be closed for the duration of the project.

Detour signs will be posted to reroute people on bikes to a new two-way bikeway on Valentia Street from East Mississippi Avenue to approximately Fairmount Drive and pedestrians will be rerouted to the sidewalk along that stretch of Valentia Street as well. The detour will continue along Mississippi Avenue and cross to the south side of Parker Road where both pedestrians and bikes will be directed to the sidewalk southeast along Parker Road to the High Line Pointe Apartments clubhouse. Detour signs will be in place along S. Parker Road for people on foot and on bikes.

Get the latest information from Denver's Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI).

trail users will be detoured along Mississippi Avenue and Valentia Street

 

About the Project:
DOTI will install an underpass beneath S. Parker Road at E. Mississippi Avenue to continuously connect the Highline Canal Trail and allow people walking and riding bikes to have a safer crossing. The underpass is anticipated to be ready for use in Fall 2021. While work is underway, a section of the High Line Canal Trail that runs adjacent to S. Parker Road at the E. Mississippi Avenue intersection will be closed. Detour signs will be posted to reroute people on bikes to a new two-way bikeway on Valentia Street from E. Mississippi Avenue to Fairmount Drive. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the sidewalk along that stretch of Valentia Street. 

View detour map(JPG, 291KB)

Learn more about the High Line Canal Underpass Project(PDF, 203KB)

Additional High Line Canal Trail information

Sand Creek Greenway

Smith Road Trailhead

The parking lot at the Smith Road Trailhead is closed for the remainder of 2021. Trail users should park on Smith Road.

Peoria to Quebec

Winter - Fall 2021: The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Project will complete a continuous paved trail from Peoria at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to I-70 and Quebec St. The project includes approximately 3.1 miles of new trail for walking, jogging and bicycling along Sand Creek. The project will protect existing waterways and trees while restoring habitat and native vegetation. Parking will be provided to access the trail from Smith Road.

 Download the implementation plan and accompanying detour maps:

 

South Platte River Trail

Various long and short-term infrastructure projects will soon be implemented and require detours along the South Platte River Trail in the coming months and years: 

Evans Ave. Bridge

November 16 - December 22, 2021

Bridge work will require a detour of the South Platte River Trail at Evans Ave. Trail users will be detoured onto S. Platte River Drive and should use the crosswalk at the light to cross Evans Ave. Download the detour map.(PDF, 1MB)


DOTI 8th Ave Bridge 

Sept. 27, 2021 – May 2022 

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is replacing the 8th Avenue  bridge over the South Platte River. This project will close the main trail under the bridge until spring 2022. A detour will be put in place that allows trail users to continue on the trail by using the ramps to cross 8th Ave at street level. The roadway will be closed for construction and there will be no vehicle traffic in the area. It may be beneficial to avoid this area if possible—find resources on planning alternate routes

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)

13th Avenue

Oct. 4 - Nov. 15, 2021

For approx. 5-6 weeks, Construction related to a Denver Housing Authority affordable housing project will close the entire S. Platte River Trail at 13th Avenue. A detour will be in place for the duration of the detour that will route trail users around the construction area and connect back to the S. Platte River Trail at 11th Avenue.

Download the detour map(PDF, 1MB)  


Carpio Sanguinette Park

October 1 - May 2022

Trail improvements will be implemented between W. 51st and W. 53rd Avenue. Construction in the area is anticipated to begin by the end of 2021 and will last 4-6 months. Trail users will be detoured through Carpio Sanguinette Park and along 53rd Avenue.  

Download the detour map(PDF, 980KB)


Future Projects 

Over the next two years, several additional projects will be implemented along the South Platte River Trail that will provide an improved experience for all trail users, with wider concrete surfaces and adjacent crusher-fine trails: 

Johnson Habitat Park to W Mississippi Ave:  
The failing retaining wall at Mississippi Ave. will be replaced, along with upgrades made to the trail in this area. Anticipated construction timeframe is April-December 2022. 

Virginia Ave. to W. Bayaud Ave:  
In partnership with CDOT, Denver Parks and Recreation is designing trail improvements as part of a bridge replacement project. The concrete trail will be widened to 12-feet with a 4-foot-wide crusher fines trail alongside it. Construction is anticipated to start in 2023. More details will be provided as they become available. 

Alameda Ave. Bridge:  
CDOT will be replacing the Alameda Avenue bridge over the South Platte River and Trail. This project will rebuild the trail under the bridge to meet the new regional trail standard of a 12-foot wide concrete trail with an adjacent 4-foot crusher fines trail. Learn more about this project. 

River Mile Development:  
This long term, mixed-use development plan includes improvements to both the river and trail. The initial phase is anticipated to begin in early 2022 and will reconstruct the existing trail on the east bank of the South Platte River, bringing it to the new 12’ wide standard for regional trails. The general project area is W. Colfax Ave to Speer Blvd. More details on impacts and detours will be provided closer to construction beginning. 

DHA Sun Valley Redevelopment:  
This Denver Housing Authority redevelopment project along the South Platte River between 9th and 11th Avenue will include a reconstruction of the trail. The exact construction schedule is not yet finalized but is anticipated to begin summer 2022. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Thank you for your patience as these important infrastructure projects are implemented. Please use extra caution when following detours.

        
 
Find more information on active trail projects.

Urban Parks: Trail & Walk Details

Park Loops

Many of our parks have perimeter and lake loop trails to serve as a defined route within the park. Here is a list of some of those loops to help you start exploring our park system.

Park Location Trail Name & Map Length
Berkeley Lake Park Berkeley Lake Loop(PDF, 1MB)
1..0 mile
Cheesman Park Cheesman Park Inner Loop(PDF, 1MB)
1.1 mile
Cheesman Park
Cheesman Park Outer Loop(PDF, 1MB)
1.4 mile
City Park
Ferril Lake Loop(PDF, 1MB)
0.9 mile
City Park
Mile High Loop(PDF, 1MB)
3.1 mile
Garfield Lake Park
Garfield Lake Loop(PDF, 921KB)
0.6 mile
Harvey Park
Harvey Park Lake Loop(PDF, 907KB)
0.4 mile
Huston Lake Park
Huston Lake Loop(PDF, 892KB)
0.6 mile
Parkfield
Parkfield Lake Loop(PDF, 1MB)
1.1 mile
Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Rocky Mountain Lake Loop(PDF, 970KB)
1.0 mile
Sloan's Lake Park
Sloan's Lake Loop(PDF, 1019KB)
2.6 mile
Washington Park
Grassmere Lake Loop(PDF, 1MB)
0.8 mile
Washington Park Meadow Loop(PDF, 1MB) 0.9 mile
Washington Park Smith Lake Loop(PDF, 1MB) 0.6 mile
Washington Park Washington Park Outer Loop(PDF, 1MB) 2.5 mile
Washington Park
Washington Park Roadway Loop(PDF, 1MB)
2.2 mile 

Collector Trails

Trail Name Reach Length
Dry Gulch Trail Sheridan Blvd to Lakewood Gulch Trail 0.8 mile
First Creek Trail High Line Canal Trail to 53rd Ave 2.3 mile
Garland Greenbelt Trail Virginia Ave to Cherry Creek Trail 1.7 mile
Goldsmith Gulch Trail Eastman Ave to High Line Canal Trail (Bible Park) 0.7 mile
Hampden Heights Trail Quebec St to Cherry Creek Trail 2.2 mile
Lakewood Gulch Trail Wolff St to South Platte River Trail 2.0 mile
Sanderson Gulch Trail Wolff St to South Platte River Trail 3.4 mile
Greenway Trail Montview Blvd to Westerly Creek Trail 1.9 mile
Greenway Trail Quebec St to Greenway Park 1.9 mile
Weir Gulch Trail Sheridan Blvd to South Platte River Trail 3.7 mile
West Harvard Gulch Trail Federal Blvd to South Platte River Trail
1.2 mile
Westerly Creek Trail Montview Blvd to Sand Creek Trail 1.7 mile

Local Trails

Trail Name Reach Length
Dry Gulch Trail Sheridan Blvd to Lakewood Gulch Trail 0.8 mile
East Harvard Gulch Trail 56th Ave to Memphis St 1.0 mile
Wagon Creek Trail Tufts Ave to Field Way 1.0 mile


Regional Trail Segment Details

Cherry Creek Trail

Trail Name Reach Length
Cherry Creek Trail 1 Confluence Park (S Platte River Trail) to Colfax Ave 1.2 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 2 Colfax Ave to Broadway 1.1 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 3 Broadway to Downing St (Bike Route D-11) 1.0 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 4 Downing St (Bike Route D-11) to University Blvd 0.9 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 5 University Blvd to Colorado Blvd 1.3 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 6 Colorado Blvd to Holly St (Garland Park) 1.3 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 7 Holly St to Quebec St 1.3 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 8 Quebec St to Iliff Ave 0.9 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 9 Iliff Ave to High Line Canal Trail (Hentzell Park) 1.3 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 10 High Line Canal Trail (Hentzell Park) to Havana St 0.8 mile
Cherry Creek Trail 11 Havana St to Cherry Creek Reservoir Dam 1.1 mile

High Line Canal Trail

Trail Name Reach Length
High Line Canal Trail (GVR) 40th Ave to First Creek Trail 2.3 mile
High Line Canal Trail (GVR) First Creek Trail to Maxwell Pl 2.2 mile
High Line Canal Trail 1 Hampden Ave to Goldsmith Gulch Trail
(Bible Park)
4.7 mile
High Line Canal Trail 2 Goldsmith Gulch Trail (Bible Park) to
Cherry Creek Trail (Hentzell Park)
3.3 mile
High Line Canal Trail 3 Cherry Creek Trail (Hentzell Park) to Parker Rd 2.8 mile
High Line Canal Trail 4 Parker Rd to Havana St. 2.8 mile

Sand Creek Trail

Trail Name Reach Length
Sand Creek Trail (Commerce City) South Platte River Trail to 47th Ave 3.7 mile
Sand Creek Trail 1 47th Ave to Central Park Blvd 1.6 mile
Sand Creek Trail 2 Central Park Blvd to Havana St 1.4 mile
Sand Creek Trail 3 Havana St to Peoria St 1.6 mile

South Platte River Trail

Trail Name Reach Length
South Platte River Trail 1 Dartmouth Ave (South City Limits) to
Evans Ave (Pasquinel's Landing Park)
1.5 mile
South Platte River Trail 2 Evans Ave (Pasquinel's Landing Park) to
Florida Ave (Sanderson Gulch Trail)
0.8 mile
South Platte River Trail 3 Florida Ave(Sanderson Gulch Trail) to
Alameda Ave (Johnson-Habitat Park)
1.8 mile
South Platte River Trail 4 Alameda Ave (Johnson-Habitat Park) to
8th Ave (Frog Hollow Park)
1.7 mile
South Platte River Trail 5 8th Ave(Frog Hollow Park) to
Colfax Ave (Lakewood Gulch Trail)
0.8 mile
South Platte River Trail 6 Colfax Ave (Lakewood Gulch Trail) to
15th St (Confluence Park)
1.3 mile
South Platte River Trail 7 15th St (Confluence Park) to
Park Ave (Bike Route D-7)
1.0 mile
South Platte River Trail 8 Park Ave (Bike Route D-7) to
38th St (Globeville Landing Park)
1.3 mile
South Platte River Trail 9 38th Ave (Globeville Landing Park) to
Franklin St (North City Limits)
1.4 mile