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Rules of the Trail

Denver’s trails have been designed for a variety of users. By following simple common-sense rules and showing courtesy to other groups of travelers, you can help keep our trails safe and enjoyable for everyone.


Cyclists must yield to skaters and pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.


Keep To The Right

All trail users must keep to the right except when passing or turning left. Move off the trail to the right when stopping. When passing, signal to others as you approach so they know to allow you room to pass safely.


Be Alert

Ride according to conditions: traffic, trails, weather, bicycle and fitness. Use caution on hills, under/over bridges, bends, and when the trails are busy. Watch for slippery sections covered by ice, loose gravel or silt. Be sure the trail is clear of obstructions ahead. Ring bell for others where visibility is restricted, such as on hills and turns. Keep dogs on a short leash, and if wearing headphones, use a volume level that allows you to hear what is going on around you.


Merge Correctly

Look both ways! Bicyclists should yield to through traffic; at intersections; pedestrians have the right-of-way. Pedestrians should exercise caution and be aware of bicyclists' stopping limitations, and should not stop where you are obstructing an intersection.


Use Appropriate Trail

Where twinned sections of trail exist, use the appropriate trail as posted. ‘Wheels and Heels’: cyclists and skaters on one trail, and walkers and joggers on the other.


Dismount As Posted

Dismount and walk across roadways or other posted locations. Cross only when it is safe to do so.


Respect Nature

Do not disturb or feed wildlife. Keep to well established trails to protect habitat. Do not collect plant or animal material.

Denver Parks & Recreation

Trail Use Rules

  • Speed Limit: 15 mph
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Do not stop in the travel lane
  • Stay to the right
  • Announce to pass on the left
  • Remember to wear a helmet!
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