Map of regional recreational trails in the Denver Metro area


Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Denver Metro, Colorado

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Denver Metro, Colorado

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Regional Trails

The Denver Metropolitan area includes the City and County of Denver as well as the surrounding suburbs, including: Thornton, Aurora, Centennial, Dakota Ridge, Ken Caryl, Littleton, Englewood, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Westminster and Broomfield.

This area of Colorado is located on the relatively flat prairie with wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. The elevation in this area is around 5000 feet above sea level with a slight rise in elevation as you go west. Visitors should take it easy for the first few days of your trip to acclimate to the thinner air. The area has a relatively mild climate and the trails often can be used year round. Caution should be taken when using overpasses or underpasses in the winter, as ice may be present.

The Denver Metro area has a vast network of intersecting recreational trails that cover much of the urban area. Many of these trails travel through the natural areas alongside the rivers, creeks and irrigation canals that cross the city. Other trails have been constructed along major roadways or through designated open space. Trails in the urban areas can become congested and precautions should be made to stay safe as in any urban area. Travel with others, carry a cell phone and be aware of your surroundings.

The jewels of the recreational trails in Denver are the South Platte River Trail, the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, the High Line Canal Trail, the C-470 Multi-Use Trail, the Clear Creek Trail, the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, the Centennial Trail and the Cherry Creek Trail. These trail systems cross much of the metropolitan area and connect to numerous other recreational trails.

Regional Recreational Trails in the Denver Metro Area

The chart below lists many of the major recreational trails in the Denver Metro area. Trail names in red will link to a map and article for that particular trail. The SECTOR column refers to what part of the Denver Metro area the trail is located.

Trail names in red are links to a map and description for that specific trail. Click on the "key" symbol in the main map to open up the list of trails and zoom into specific trails.

Bear Creek Trail S, W 14.5 paved Sheridan, Denver, Lakewood, Morrison
Big Dry Creek Trail - Westminster N 12 paved Arvada, Westminster
C-470 Multi-Use Trail W, SW 20 paved Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Highlands Ranch
Centennial Trail SE 13 paved Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Englewood, Parker
Chatfield Lake Trail SW 10.8 paved/unpaved Chatfield State Park
Cherry Creek Trail C, SE 42 paved Denver, Centennial, Parker
Clear Creek Trail N, W 20 paved Welby, Twin Lakes, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Golden
Columbine Trail SW 4.4 paved Littleton

Douglas County East-West Regional Trail

SW 16.3 unpaved Highlands Ranch, Douglas County
Dutch Creek Trail SW 3.5 paved Littleton
Farmers' High Line Canal Trail N 13 paved / unpaved Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton
Foothills Trail - Highlands Ranch S 4 paved Highlands Ranch
Grange Hall Creek Trail N 5 paved Northglenn, Thornton
High Line Canal Trail E, SE 60 paved, unpaved Aurora, Denver, Littleton, Highlands Ranch
Lee Gulch Trail S 4.5 paved Littleton
Lee Lateral Ditch Trail N 4.4 paved Thornton
Little Dry Creek Trail W 7.2 paved Denver, Westminster
Mary Carter Greenway Trail S 8 paved Englewood, Littleton
Niver Creek Trail N 4 paved / unpaved Thornton
Piney Creek Trail SE 10 paved Aurora
Ralston Creek Trail W 12.6 paved Arvada
Sand Creek Regional Greenway E 15 paved/unpaved Denver, Commerce City, Aurora
Signal Ditch Trail N 2.4 paved Thornton
South Platte River Trail N, C 30 paved Denver
Toll Gate Creek Trail SE 10 paved Aurora
U.S. 36 Bikeway NW 15 paved Boulder, Superior, Broomfield, Westminster
Wier Gulch Trail C 5 paved Denver, Lakewood


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails located in the Denver Metro area of Central Colorado.

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