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 watered. Other municipal agencies help manage the trail system. Horseback riding is permitted but regulations may vary in each town. Check with the local municipality for more details.
The trail passes through many parks, each of which offer different amenities (drinking fountains, picnic tables, restrooms, parking, recreation facilities). The trail is paved in Denver and Aurora but has a natural surface in South Suburban, Highlands Ranch, Chatfield, Cherry Hill and Greenwood Village.
Municipalities that manage the trail include: Douglas County Parks, Trails and Building Grounds Division Metro District of Highlands Ranch Parks and Open Space South Suburban Parks and Recreation Greenwood Village Parks, Trails and Recreation Department Cherry Hills Village Parks, Trails and Recreation Department Denver Parks and Recreation Department Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department
Denver Water publishes a complete trail guide
for sale locally. For access and parking information, click on the city links in the trial description.
We rode this trail in mid-June 2013. We had some friends in south central Denver, and we got on the trail and rode 'about' 10-15 miles (of the 50-70 one CAN ride if motivated). It is / was mostly 'small gravel' (over a hard-packed-limerock/dirt-base)
Park at Aurora City Center. Bike to north end at Sand Creek, then turn around and go south to Cherry Creek Trail, then turn around and go back to City Center - 30 miles round trip. Flat and scenic.