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Trail 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.

Project:  North Metro Rail Bridge Construction

Duration:  November 2015 – June 2016

RTD’s contractor, Regional Rail Partners (RRP),  will be constructing two bridges over the South Platte River Trail (SPRT) between Park Avenue and I-70.  During construction, trail users can anticipate possible short delays of 10 minutes or less while crews are working over or near the trail.  For your safety and the safety of the workers, please respect the flaggers and the obey the short delays.  Find additional project information

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Project: Grant Frontier Park
Detour duration: January 13 – May 20, 2016

The South Platte River Trail (SPRT) detour is in place during the renovation of Grant Frontier Park. The project includes updating and realigning the SPRT to current trails standards of 12’ width. In addition, the park will be revisioned as an active ‘River Park’ with secondary channel and island, flood terrace walls, habitat benches, environmental play area and feature a highlighted ‘Montana City’ with historic interpretative features.

Note to trail users; please be cautious traversing the alleyway as trash (weekly) and recycling (bi-weekly) pickup occurs on Fridays. 

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Project: Confluence Park/Shoemaker Plaza

Detour duration: late February 2015 - August 2016
Closure: Shoemaker plaza; S. Platte Trail- 19th St. to Speer Blvd.

The first phase of Confluence Park’s master plan will begin in late February and includes the closure of Shoemaker plaza and surrounding portions of the S. Platte River Trail until August 2016. Shoemaker Plaza is located on the west side of the South Platte River near the REI store and was built in the 1970s. As part of the larger plaza reconstruction, its concrete ramps will be replaced by a 12 foot wide, fully accessible bicycle and pedestrian ramp that will meet today’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. This ramp is a key connection to the South Platte River regional trail system and will provide better access to the plaza, which will be reconfigured to create more usable outdoor space for social activities and other events in Confluence Park. The cost of this project is approximately $4.2 million.

Map of Detour


Project: 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 - June 2016


No detours at this time.

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No detours within Denver city limits at this time.


Project: Westerly Creek North & Uplands Prairie Park
Anticipated end date: June 2016
Portion of trail closed:
Westerly Creek- 33rd to 37th Ave.
Sand Creek- Smith Rd. to North Central Park Blvd. (along the break in Smith Rd.)

Project Summary:
The Westerly Creek and Sand Creek closures are in place during the construction of Westerly Creek North and Prairie Uplands parks.  The project includes realignment of the Westerly Creek channel, riparian and upland grassland restoration, wetland creation, construction of a new Sand Creek Regional trail alignment, including a new bicycle & pedestrian bridge over Westerly Creek, with connections to surrounding neighborhoods. 

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No detours in the Denver area at this time.