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 out and impassable. Please use an alternate route. There is currently no estimate on when this trail segment will re-open." Please check the Adams county website for updates.
The Platte River Trail is just one of many of Denver's superb multi-use trails, this one stretching from just north and west of Englewood and heading north toward Henderson. The 28.5-mile trail follows the winding Platte River, coursing through Denver's urban landscape—including its industrial face—and incorporating high plains grassland landscapes with the Rockies as a backdrop.
The trail has two disconnected sections: the northern portion runs from East 120th Parkway north for roughly 3 miles in Henderson, ending before you reach the E470 toll road. The southern section officially runs from the Elaine T. Valente Open Space in Thornton south to West Dartmouth Avenue just west of US Hwy 85 in Englewood. From here, however, the trail continues as the Mary Carter Greenway south to Chatfield State Park, where it joins the C-470 East and C-470 West trails.
You will find bicycle traffic circles at trail intersections, as well as interpretive signs and nature areas along the route. There are cafes, memorials, botanical gardens and numerous parks, offering plenty to see and do. You can also stop and watch kayakers ply the Union Avenue boat chutes.
The Platte River Trail intersects four other trails: Sand Creek, Bear Creek, Clear Creek, and Sanderson Gulch.
There are numerous places along the southern segment to park, including:
Grant Frontier Park: S. Platte River Drive, north of W. Wesley Avenue
Overland Lake Park: S. Platte River Drive at W. Florida Avenue
Frog Hollow Park: W. 8th Avenue, west of I-25/US 87/US 85/US 6
Gates Crescent Park, east of I-25/US 87/US 85/US 6 across from Invesco Field.
Steele Street and E. 78th Avenue
Platte River Trailhead Park, Colorado Boulevard
Northern terminus at E. 104th Avenue
To access the northern segment, park at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. Trails through the park lead to the Platte River Trail.