Running Trails in Colorado

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  • 6th Avenue Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The 6th Avenue Trail provides expansive views of the Rocky Mountain foothills as it follows its namesake thoroughfare (also known as US 6) from the Colorado School of Mines in downtown Golden to Colfax Avenue. Mid-way along the route, trail-goers ...
  • Alpine Tunnel Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Gorgeous scenery awaits those who hike the Alpine Tunnel Trail through the tall pine trees of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest. The trail has a gentle grade suitable even for children as it follows the former Denver, South Park and Pacific ...
  • Animas River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

    The Animas River Trail runs for 7 miles along the scenic Animas River, occasionally following the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor. During summer about 8 trains per day run along the tracks; in Durango the trains travel a ...
  • Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Cañon City, Colorado, is a recreation destination popular with whitewater rafters and rock climbers. Two notable attractions also bring visitors to the city: the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 955 feet, making ...
  • Aspen Airport Business Center Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Aspen Airport Business Center Trail, commonly referred to as the AABC Trail or ABC Trail, is a paved pathway, paralleling Highway 82, that leads from a busy commercial center to Aspen's West End neighborhood. Although adjacent to a major ...
  • Aspen Mass Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Aspen Mass Trail connects two communities—Aspen and Snowmass Village—in the Roaring Fork Valley. Although not very long, the paved trail offers a key connection between two trails. At its northern end is the 42-mile Rio Grande Trail that ...
  • Austin Bluffs Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Students of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs will appreciate the Austin Bluffs Trail. It runs through the campus, connecting the north and east sides of the school. The trail travels east along the Austin Bluffs Parkway from the ...
  • Bear Creek Path

    State: CO
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Bear Creek Path begins just south of the University of Colorado Research Park and winds its way southwest to the Martin Acres community. The trail is paved and generally flat, although there is a steady incline up to S. Broadway Street at ...
  • Bear Creek Trail (Colorado Springs)

    State: CO
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Just south of downtown Colorado Springs, the Bear Creek Trail provides a short connection from Bear Creek Regional Park to Interstate 25. On the other side of the highway, you can pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail to head north to the Colorado ...
  • Bear Creek Trail (Denver)

    State: CO
    Length: 9.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    The Bear Creek Trail provides a taste of the country in the city, connecting downtown Denver with the foothills of the Rockies. Along the way, enjoy scenic views of woodlands, meadows and Bear Creek, as well as the urban beauty of the Denver ...
  • Big Dry Creek Trail (Littleton)

    State: CO
    Length: 5.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Big Dry Creek Trail provides a pleasant connector between the High Line Canal Trail and the Mary Carter Greenway, two jewels in the trail network of the greater Denver area. Although the trail is in an urban setting—running through Littleton ...
  • Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

    State: CO
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Big Dry Creek Trail follows an east-west course for 12 miles between Interstate 25 and Standley Lake in Westminster, one of Denver's northern suburbs. The trail is generally flat, with short stretches of moderate grade. The trail passes among ...
  • Blue River Recpath

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major spur branched off from the main line at Como, ...
  • Boulder Creek Path

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    Closely following its scenic namesake waterway for most of its journey, the popular Boulder Creek Path runs east from Boulder Canyon to the outskirts of the Valmont Reservoir. Its western end is dirt and gravel, which becomes paved as the trail ...
  • Briargate Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Briargate Trail is located in northern Colorado Springs, beginning at the athletic fields of John Stone Park. From there, this pleasant trail travels southeast through residential areas for just over 2 miles. Mid-trail, you'll come to Candleflower ...
  • Brush Creek Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Brush Creek Trail begins at Highway 82 and winds along its namesake creek, paralleling Brush Creek Road, for nearly 6 miles to Snowmass Village. Note that there is little tree cover on the way to town. Once you reach Snowmass Village, ...
  • C-470 Bikeway

    State: CO
    Length: 36 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The C-470 Bikeway—also known as the C-470 Trail and Centennial Trail in Douglas County—provides open views of the Colorado foothills as it follows the southwestern segment of Denver's beltway. Along the way, the trail provides access to many ...
  • Cemetery Lane Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Cemetery Lane Trail begins at Stein Park, tucked against the Roaring Fork River, and continues south along its namesake roadway to Highway 82. Although adjacent to Cemetery Lane, the route is tree-lined through a pleasant residential area ...
  • Centennial Link Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Centennial Link Trail, parts of which were formerly known as the Little Dry Creek Trail, lives up to its name by providing a useful link between the outskirts of Littleton and Centennial, forming a vital connection in the area's fantastic ...
  • Cherry Creek Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 40 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a picturesque 40-mile route that begins in downtown Denver and connects suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, including the communities of Parker, Centennial and Franktown. The vast majority of ...
  • Cherry Creek Spillway Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Cherry Creek Spillway Trail offers wide open views with the Denver skyline as a distant backdrop. Along the way, recreational opportunities abound as the path winds through Aurora's Wheel Park and Olympic Park. The trail also provides ...
  • Clear Creek Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 21.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    The Clear Creek Trail runs more than 20 miles from metro Denver, through Wheat Ridge, to Golden along a picturesque creek with views of the North and South Table Mountains. A highlight of the trail is the legendary Coors Brewing Company on the ...
  • Clement Park Lake Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Clement Park Lake Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail around the Johnson Reservoir in suburban western Littleton. The trail is paved and lit, and takes users around the sixty acre lake and into the massive Robert F. Clement Park, named after ...
  • Coal Creek Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Coal Creek Regional Trail offers spectacular views of the front range. You can even identify surrounding peaks with the "peak finder" signage provided at the Aquarius Trailhead near Louisville. You'll ...
  • Coal Mine Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Coal Mine Trail is a short sidepath trail that connects the Columbine Trail with the Dutch Creek Regional Trail, running for most of its length alongside Coal Mine Avenue in the suburban community of Columbine. The trail branches off ...
  • Colorado Riverfront Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Running through western Colorado’s scenic Grand Valley, the Colorado Riverfront Trail provides an unparalleled biking and walking experience in Mesa County. The paved trail follows the Colorado River through Fruita, Grand Junction, and, Palisade, ...
  • Columbine Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Columbine Trail runs across the eastern edge of the suburban community of Columbine, paralleling the busy S Platte Canyon Road. This paved trail serves as an important resource for local residents, as it connects to several other trails ...
  • Cook Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Cook Creek Trail is a short, paved trail located in the suburban community of Lone Tree. The trail originates in Cook Creek Park, home to a local pool, tennis courts, and a portion of the Willow Creek Greenbelt Trail, which users can take ...
  • Corridor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Note: Like most of Lyons' parks system, the Corridor Trail has been closed since a devastating flood in September 2013. Work is currently underway to reopen the closed parks and trails. See the city's official website for more information. The ...
  • Cottonwood Creek Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Cottonwood Creek Trail stretches nearly 5 miles across northern Colorado Springs with a mix of residential views and open vistas. At Rangewood Drive, the trail forks; the northern branch runs along Woodland Hills Park and Pioneer Elementary ...
  • Crystal Valley Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped mountains and a roaring river. ...
  • Dillon Dam Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 9.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Dillon Dam Recpath offers a scenic route along the western shore of the Dillon Reservoir in the White River National Forest, connecting the towns of Frisco and Dillon. If you begin your journey at Marina Park in Dillon, you'll head west ...
  • Dutch Creek Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Dutch Creek Regional Trail provides an opportunity to experience some natural beauty and tranquility amidst the suburban surroundings southwest of Denver. Currently running for a shade over three miles, the goal is to have the trail eventually ...
  • East Fork Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Colorado's East Fork Trail follows along the East Fork of Powerhorn Creek, which is pockmarked by beaver-dammed ponds. Bring your fishing pole but leave your bike at home. This trail is suited to hikers who don't mind a little bush-whacking ...
  • Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway begins just north of Elmer's Two Mile Park on the north end of Boulder. It's paved and generally flat, traveling through open spaces, parks, neighborhoods and commercial areas. The park offers a playground ...
  • Emma Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Emma Trail offers a pleasant, paved route in the outdoor mecca of Basalt. Just shy of a mile, the trail parallels Highway 82 offering a safe and convenient route for walkers, joggers, and bikers to get out for some exercise while enjoying ...
  • Fairmount Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Following a narrow, manmade waterway, the Fairmount Trail winds its way from Arvada to Golden. Along this flat, gravel and dirt pathway, trail-goers will enjoy scenic views of North Table Mountain and pass through residential areas. A connection ...
  • Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 13.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail provides an easy, pleasant way to traverse the northern suburbs of Denver. The paved pathway stretches more than a dozen miles, connecting Westminster, Northglenn, and Thornton. The trail's name comes from ...
  • Firestone Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Firestone Trail mostly parallels Colorado Boulevard between Dacono in the south and north of Firestone, at the northern end of the trail. The trail is paved and provides access to parks, neighborhoods and businesses. At the north end, an ...
  • Foothills Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 6.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Foothills Trail runs along Colorado Springs' western border at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. You'll begin near Oak Valley Ranch Park and travel south along an irrigation channel, Flying W Ranch Road and N. 30th Street through ...
  • Fossil Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Fossil Creek Trail offers 5 miles of paved pathway (in two disconnected segments) on the south side of Fort Collins, a college town at the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The western segment begins in Spring Canyon Community ...
  • Fowler Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Fowler Trail is an easy hike in scenic Eldorado Canyon State Park that provides a great place to sight wildlife, watch rock climbers or take in stunning views of the surrounding canyon. The short trail is less than a mile long, although ...
  • Fraser River Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Fraser River Trail runs between the town of Fraser and Winter Park, paralleling US 40 for its entire route. The trail offers lovely views of the surrounding mountains and is a great way to connect the two communities without having to ride ...
  • Frisco-Farmers Korner Recpath

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major spur branched off from the main line at Como, ...
  • Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    A hike or mountain bike ride along Colorado's Galloping Goose Trail will leave you exhilarated, (if not for the elevation alone!). This 20-mile path follows an old narrow-gauge rail line, which was built beginning in 1890 to help haul precious ...
  • Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. The paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all pursuits. The trail is closed in winter ...
  • Goose Creek Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Goose Creek Greenway offers a major east-west route through Boulder. Note that there is little shade along the way and the pathway runs through busy commercial areas, including the Villa Shopping Center. On the trail's western end, you ...
  • Great Western Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Two unpaved segments of the Great Western Trail are currently open in rural Weld County at the northwestern corner of Colorado's Eastern Plains. Both portions were built on a railbanked Great Western Railway corridor—hence the trail's name—that ...
  • Greenwood Gulch Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Greenwood Gulch Trail is a short paved trail that runs along the path of its namesake gulch in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village.  The trail offers residents the chance to experience a little slice of natural beauty in their backyards, ...
  • High Line Canal Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 71 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    The High Line Canal Trail is a popular stretch of path through Denver's southside suburbs, winding for 71 miles between Aurora and Roxborough State Park. The trail is owned and operated by Denver Water and follows the canal that keeps Denver ...
  • Inca Street Multi-use Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although less than a mile long, the Inca Street Multi-Use Path provides an important connection between the neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Globeville on Denver's north end. The paved pathway and its pedestrian bridge over 38th Avenue offers ...
  • LaForet Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    Two segments of the LaForet Trail are currently complete, offering 2 miles of pathway in northern Colorado Springs, just outside the United States Air Force Academy. The western segment is a natural-surface trail beginning at the New Santa ...
  • Lake Estes Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Lake Estes Trail is a paved pathway that loops around its namesake lake, offering scenic views of the water and surrounding Rocky Mountains. In the fall, watch for elk that roam in the area. On the south side of the lake, you can find restrooms ...
  • Lake Link Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    As its name implies, the Lake Link Trail connects many of the region's lakes, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding mountains. The trail begins in Hunter Douglas Business Park and ends near McKay Lake, a tranquil oasis in one ...
  • Lee Gulch Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    In comparison to some of the lengthy, fantastic trails in the southern suburbs of Denver, the Lee Gulch Trail may not seem like anything special. However, it offers a wonderfully useful off-road connection between the popular Mary Carter Greenway ...
  • Left Hand Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Left Hand Greenway is a diagonal path along its namesake creek in southern Longmont. It begins at a juncture with the St. Vrain Greenway, a scenic 8-mile route across the city. From there, you'll head southwest past the Harvest Junction ...
  • Lilley Gulch Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    A short, but useful suburban trail, the Lilley Gulch Regional Trail helps to connect numerous neighborhoods in the community of Columbine with local parks and schools, and provides a safe and off-road means for recreation. The trail begins ...
  • Little Dry Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Little Dry Creek Trail provides a paved, relatively flat pathway for bikers, walkers and skaters through areas of Westminster and northern Arvada. The tree-lined route follows its namesake, Little Dry Creek, notable for being the site of ...
  • Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 10.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    The Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail (nicknamed the LOBO) extends more than 10 miles between these two major cities and taps into the region's vast network of trails. Most of the pathway has a gravel surface best for hybrids and mountain bikes. The ...
  • Loveland Recreation Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 18.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural treasures. While the trail is mostly complete, there are some on-road connecting segments. Contact ...
  • Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    The Lower Loop Trail is a wonderful scenic trail along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area. The trail is fairly level and traverses several ...
  • Manitou Incline

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Boardwalk, Dirt

    The Manitou Incline is a very unusual rail-trail. Built along a former cable car line, the trail goes straight up the side of a mountain, climbing about 2,000 feet over its one-mile length! It was originally built to carry materials for the ...
  • Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway)

    State: CO
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mary Carter Greenway (a.k.a. Arapahoe Greenway) runs for 8 miles along the South Platte River from Chatfield State Park near Columbine north to Englewood. Here it meets up with the Platte River Trail at W. Dartmouth Avenue. It also features ...
  • Mason Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Mason Trail runs north–south through Fort Collins, paralleling McClellan Drive north of Horsetooth Road (CR 40) and the railroad tracks south of Horsetooth/CR 40. The trail is a nice alternative to motorized transport and links the city's ...
  • Massey Draw Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.64 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Massey Draw Regional Trail, located in the southern suburbs of Denver, connects the longer Columbine Trail to a series of local parks and amenities. This quiet, pleasant concrete path takes you from the eastern edge of the community of Columbine ...
  • Mesa Springs Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Mesa Springs Greenway is a north-south route along the western side of Interstate 25. A sound wall between the highway and the trail helps makes the journey more pleasant. The pathway is also wide and level, making for an easy trip through ...
  • Mesa Valley Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Situated in the northwestern corner of Colorado Springs, the Mesa Valley Trail travels through largely open areas to Sondermann Park. In the park, you will travel through woodlands along Mesa Creek. You may see beavers, deer, coyotes, raccoons ...
  • Midland Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead and the town of Buena Vista to ...
  • Midland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Note: Beginning in August 2015, the eastern end of the Midland Trail will be closed for two years as the Colorado Department of Transportation constructs the new Interstate 25/Cimarron Street interchange. A signed on-road detour directs trail ...
  • Milk Run Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Milk Run Trail is a short connector in the City of Salida's growing trail system. The path links the 2.5-mile Monarch Spur Trail, a paved rail-trail, with a Walmart and other businesses on US 50.
  • Mineral Belt Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 11.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains, while it loops among conifer forests, aspen groves ...
  • Mineral Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Mineral Trail, also referred to as the Railroad Spur Trail, is a short trail on the southern edge of Littleton that manages to pack in a suprising amount of variety and utility considering its size. The trail provides the southernmost connection ...
  • Monarch Spur Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Monarch Spur Trail runs for 2.5 miles between the Arkansas River in downtown Salida west to the end of the railroad right-of-way near County Road 120. The trail provides access from town to city parks, playing fields and neighborhoods, with ...
  • Montezuma Spur Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Montezuma Spur Recpath is a short trail along Montezuma Road near Keystone, Colorado, home to the popular Keystone Resort. From the path's western end, trail users can take the Snake River Recpath to reach the resort and shopping centers ...
  • Narrow Gauge Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Gaining only 200+ feet in elevation, the Narrow Gauge Trail is in Pine Valley Ranch Park, a beautiful open space near the mountain community of Pine, Colorado. The trail follows the north bank of the North Fork of the South Platte River, through ...
  • New Santa Fe Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The trail follows a portion ...
  • Niver Canal Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Niver Canal Trail parallels the Coronado Parkway for nearly 2 miles across Thornton, a northern suburb of Denver. About mid-way, the trail passes Rotella Park, which offers restrooms, picnic shelters, a playground, and volleyball and basketball ...
  • Niver Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Niver Creek Trail winds through Thornton, a northern suburb of Denver, connecting parks, riparian areas and open space inhabited by prairie dogs, coyotes, numerous bird species, and other wildlife. Along the way, you can access Pecos Park, ...
  • North Douglas Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

    Although just over a mile long, the North Douglas Creek Trail provides access to one of Colorado Springs' natural treasures: Ute Valley Park. The trail begins at the intersection of Vindicator and Centennial Boulevards, where it meets the popular ...
  • Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail runs throughout Colorado Springs, from just south of the United States Air Force Academy to the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The popular trail connects at both ends to other long regional trails: in the north, the ...
  • Platte River Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 28.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete

    Note: June 28, 2016: Per the Adams County website,"The South Platte River Trail is closed from 104th Avenue to McKay Road due to flooding. The river breached a City of Thornton reservoir on Wednesday night and about 150 feet of trail is washed ...
  • Poudre River Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 21.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Poudre River Trail tracks a 21-mile, scenic course along Cache la Poudre River between Windsor and Greeley. The paved trail is popular with hikers, runners, cyclists and inline skaters. The path is wide with gently grades, passing through ...
  • Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Poudre Trail in Fort Collins follows the meandering course of the Poudre River from the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery to Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. The trail passes through wooded corridors and ...
  • Power Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Power Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Fort Collins in two disconnected segments along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad. The pathway is paved and flat, traveling past neighborhoods, open spaces, two parks, ...
  • Powerline Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Powerline Trail provides a convenient east-west route across Aurora. This concrete pathway begins in Horseshoe Park, where trailheads for the Cherry Creek Spillway Trail, Toll Gate Greek Trail and West Toll Gate Creek Trail can also be found. The ...
  • Ralston Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 13.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Most of the Ralston Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway, winding through several parks, neighborhoods and open areas in Arvada. On its western end, the trail becomes gently hilly and passes scenic Tucker Lake and the Arvada Reservoir. ...
  • Rio Grande Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 42 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

    ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at the Hooks Lane and Catherine Bridge trailhead ...
  • Rock Island Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    About an hour south of Denver, the Rock Island Trail offers a nearly 15-mile pathway in two disconnected segments in El Paso County. Future plans call for linking the two sections for a seamless trail experience. A 9-mile section parallels ...
  • Rockrimmon Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Rockrimmon Trail, named for the Colorado Springs neighborhood in which it lies, begins in Foothills Park, adjacent to Foothills Elementary School. From there, the crushed-stone trail winds its way southeast along a small creek for about ...
  • Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail opened its first 7-mile section in 2016, but is one day planned to stretch 25 miles across the northern Denver Metro area, including the suburbs of Westminster, Arvada, and Broomfield. The trail will connect ...
  • Sand Creek Regional Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Sand Creek Regional Greenway follows Sand Creek in Denver's northeast metro area. The trail has a soft surface, which can make for a dusty ride when it's dry; mountain bikes are best at handling the sandy trail, although the trail is rated ...
  • Sand Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Sand Creek Trail cuts a diagonal path along the creek through commercial and residential areas of southeastern Colorado Springs. Take note that the path is only paved in segments; the sections without concrete are surfaced with gravel and ...
  • Sanderson Gulch Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Denver's Sanderson Gulch Trail follows the small stream for nearly 5 miles through several parks, offering a natural oasis right in the heart of a major city. Much of the paved route has an open feel, but there are trees here and there in the ...
  • Scott Lancaster Memorial Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Scott Lancaster Memorial Bike Path is a short, but pleasant 5 miles of mostly off-road route that allows cyclists and walkers to get between Idaho Springs and Floyd Hill, which is otherwise only traversable along Interstate 70. The trail ...
  • Shooks Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The paved Shooks Run Trail runs north–south along Shooks Run Creek near downtown Colorado Springs. It is one of the easier bike paths in the area; however, runs slightly downhill from north to south. The trail gets plenty of sunshine even during ...
  • Silverthorne Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Silverthorne Recpath runs through Silverthorne, Colorado, connecting residents and visitors with the town's various amenities and the scenic Dillon Dam Recpath at its southern end. Both trails are part of the impressive Summit County Recreational ...
  • Sinton Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Sinton Trail runs just shy of 3 miles in northern Colorado Springs. Begin your journey at the Gossage Youth Sports Complex on Mark Dabling Boulevard. From there, you'll travel northwest along Douglas Creek with residential areas off to either ...
  • Skyline Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Skyline Trail offers rolling hill climbs through the community of Briargate in northeastern Colorado Springs. It begins at Research Parkway and travels south until it ends at an electric substation just after Briargate Boulevard. From there, ...
  • Snake River Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Snake River Recpath begins in Dillon and follows the river southeast just over 6 miles to the popular Keystone Resort. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and views of Dillon Reservoir. Various spurs provide access to ...
  • South Canyon Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The South Canyon Trail is an in-progress project that will one day extend from Glenwood Springs to New Castle. The first phase of the paved pathway was completed in 2009, running 0.7 miles along the Colorado River in West Glenwood Springs. A ...
  • Spring Creek Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 7.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Spring Creek Trail travels more than 7 miles across Fort Collins, providing an important off-road route between the east and west halves of the city. The trail is paved and relatively flat, though some sections can be tricky to follow as ...
  • St. Vrain Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The St. Vrain Greenway begins in Golden Ponds Park and travels east along the creek for more than half its distance. At the park, watch for the bald eagles, wood ducks, great blue herons and Canada geese that call the area home. The trail skirts ...
  • Stetson Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Stetson Trail is a concrete pathway through residential neighborhoods that stretches 2 miles across northeastern Colorado Springs. It closely follows the south side of Stetson Hills Boulevard. As some areas of the trail are incomplete, be ...
  • Swan Mountain Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Swan Mountain Recpath is a scenic, windy route along the eastern edge of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. Running uphill from Keystone's Summit Cove neighborhood to the Sapphire Point Overlook, the trail is a strenuous challenge. ...
  • Switzerland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route. Although why it had to be named after another country when America's Rockies are stunning in their ...
  • Templeton Gap Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.42 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Templeton Gap Trail is one of many trails that make up Colorado Springs' robust trail network. The Templeton Gap Trail itself connects to both the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and Sinton Trail in the west, as well as the Greencrest Trail in ...
  • Ten Mile Canyon Recpath

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major spur branched off from the main line at Como, ...
  • Toll Gate Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Toll Gate Creek Trail begins on the south end of DeLaney Community Farm, a 158-acre scenic property that educates and allows members to sustainably grow agriculture. Here, it connects to the High Line Canal Trail. Recreational opportunities ...
  • UCAR Multi-Use Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The UCAR Multi-Use Path runs just a short distance from the campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research on Center Green Drive, linking buildings CG 1 and CG 3, to the other side of Foothills Parkway at 47th Street. The path ...
  • US 36 Bikeway

    State: CO
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    When complete, the US 36 Bikeway will offer a convenient and safe non-motorized route for traveling between Denver and Boulder. Eleven miles of the paved trail—which locals refer to as a “commuter highway for bicyclists”—opened in June 2015; ...
  • Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 12.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail will eventually link Delta with Ouray, a 65-mile route along the Uncompahgre River in southwestern Colorado. Currently, two major segments have been completed in the communities of Montrose and Ridgway. Portions ...
  • Union Pacific Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Union Pacific Trail runs for just a short distance between E. 100th Avenue and Thornton Parkway in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail runs through a shadeless corridor alongside a railroad track in a strip of open space and behind ...
  • Upper Gold Camp Road

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    Upper Gold Camp Road charts a circuitous route through the Pike National Forest, following the route of old mining trains. The route was forged in the 1880s then later improved for cars. But a tunnel collapse closed the route forever to motor ...
  • Vail Pass Recpath

    State: CO
    Length: 14.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Vail Pass Recpath is a popular route for cyclists, inline skaters and hikers who seek a paved off-road route through spectacular mountain scenery. The trail runs along Interstate 70 from the resort community of Copper Mountain to the Gore ...
  • Weaver Gulch Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    The Weaver Gulch Regional Trail runs east-west across the northwestern edge of the suburb of Littleton, following the course of a greenbelt converted from a drainage ditch through a series of residential neighborhoods and local parks. This relatively ...
  • West Rail Line Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Colorado's West Rail Line Bike Path parallels the W Line, a new light rail corridor through Denver and Lakewood that was known during construction as the West Rail Line. The Regional Transportation District (RTD), the public transit agency for ...
  • West Toll Gate Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The West Toll Gate Creek Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Aurora from Horseshoe Park to Quincy Avenue. The trail, just over 3 miles long, is dotted with trees and winds through residential areas. Along the way, recreational ...
  • Westerly Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Westerly Creek Trail provides a convenient north-south route through the heart of Aurora. It traverses residential and commercial areas and runs through two major community open spaces, Expo Park and Utah Park, which both offer ball fields, ...
  • Willow Creek Greenbelt Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Willow Creek Greenbelt Trail is a six mile, paved and soft-surface trail that runs along a creekbed in the suburban area around Centennial. The trail begins in the north outside the Holly Park Open Space, an open grassland area that offers ...
  • Wonderland Creek Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Wonderland Creek Greenway stretches just over a mile along its namesake waterway on the north end of Boulder. The trail begins at Norwood Avenue near Centennial Middle School and meanders southeast through quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods ...
  • Woodmen Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Woodmen Trail provides an east-west route through commercial and residential areas in northern Colorado Springs. It begins by an electric substation just south of Briargate Boulevard and follows a power-line corridor. Not far from the trail's ...
  • Yampa River Core Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a corridor of cottonwoods. Along the way you'll ...