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Allison Draw Greenway

3.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Bear Creek Path

1.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Big Dry Creek Trail (Arvada)

3.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Grass

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

12 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Boulder Creek Path

7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

Broomfield Trail

11.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Coal Creek Regional Trail

14.2 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Converse Avenue Greenway

1.9 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Corridor Trail

0.8 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Crow Creek Greenway

2.6 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Dry Creek Greenway

7 mi
State: WY
Concrete

East Cheyenne Greenway

3.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Elmer's Two Mile Creek Greenway

0.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

13.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Firestone Trail

8.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Dirt

Fossil Creek Trail

8.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Fowler Trail

0.9 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Goose Creek Greenway

2.7 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Great Western Trail (CO)

4.4 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Highway 287 Bypass Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Concrete
Accordion

Independence Trail

1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lake Estes Trail

3.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lake Link Trail

8.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Dirt

Lee Lateral Ditch Trail

4.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Left Hand Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lions Park Greenway

0.9 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Long View Trail

4.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

10.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Loveland Recreation Trail

18.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Mason Trail

4.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Niver Creek Trail

2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Oligarchy Ditch Greenway

4.47 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Platte River Trail (CO)

28.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete

Pointe Greenway

1.5 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Poudre River Trail

21.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

12.3 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Power Trail

3.9 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Saint Vrain Avenue Trail

1.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Sheep Draw Trail

4.03 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Signal Ditch Trail

3.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

South Cheyenne Greenway

2.8 mi
State: WY
Concrete

South Link Greenway

2.2 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Spring Creek Trail (CO)

7.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Spring Gulch #1 Greenway

1.1 mi
State: CO
Concrete

St. Vrain Greenway

8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Storey Boulevard Greenway

2.2 mi
State: WY
Concrete

Switzerland Trail

14 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

UCAR Multi-Use Path

0.3 mi
State: CO
Concrete

US 36 Bikeway

16 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Union Pacific Trail (CO)

0.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Wonderland Creek Greenway

1.4 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Yellowstone Road Greenway

1 mi
State: WY
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Allison Draw Greenway extends nearly 4 miles along the Allison Draw flood control channel at Cheyenne's southern border. The trail is especially useful for students as it winds through residential...
WY 3.8 mi 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...
CO 1.9 mi Concrete
Big Dry Creek Trail in Arvada (not be confused with similarly named trails in Westminster and Littleton) is a multi-use pathway tucked into the northwest corner of the Denver suburb. The trail...
CO 3.3 mi Concrete, Grass
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...
CO 12 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
CO 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt
The Broomfield Trail is a developing pathway that forms a winding diagonal route across Broomfield County from the Great Western Reservoir Open Space to Baseline Road. While the trail is currently...
CO 11.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
CO 14.2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Converse Avenue Greenway can be found alongside its namesake roadway in two discrete segments. Together, these segments provide nearly 2 miles of trail in eastern Cheyenne. Both offer wide open...
WY 1.9 mi Concrete
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...
CO 0.8 mi Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Crow Creek Greenway takes travelers along a tree-lined creek through busy urban areas of Wyoming's capital. The trail begins in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which offers athletic facilities, a...
WY 2.6 mi Concrete
The Dry Creek Greenway stretches 7 miles across northern Cheyenne, connecting the city's east- and west-side residences and businesses. It also runs through several community parks and joins the...
WY 7 mi Concrete
The East Cheyenne Greenway provides a pleasant route through residential areas of eastern Cheyenne. The eastern half follows N. College Drive for much of its length and ends with an expansive view of...
WY 3.8 mi 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...
CO 0.8 mi Concrete
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,...
CO 13.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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,...
CO 8.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Fossil Creek Trail offers over 8 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...
CO 8.7 mi Concrete
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....
CO 0.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
CO 2.7 mi Concrete
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...
CO 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Adjacent to Highway 287 in Lafayette, the this multipurpose path provides a space for both recreation and commuting. The wide concrete trail stretches between Baseline Road and Cherrywood Drive....
CO 2 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Independence Trail sits right at the northern edge of the Denver suburb of Arvada. The trail pushes right up against the southern border of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. It travels...
CO 1 mi 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...
CO 3.8 mi Concrete
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...
CO 8.6 mi Concrete, Dirt
The Lee Lateral Ditch Trail is a hike-and-bike running east-west in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail connects residents to a number of recreational destinations along its route, from the...
CO 4.3 mi 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...
CO 2.9 mi Concrete
For much of its short length, the Lions Park Greenway travels along Sloan Lake, offering pleasant views of the water. In warm weather, trail-goers can enjoy boating and fishing on the lake, or...
WY 0.9 mi Concrete
The Long View Trail is a north-south trail connecting Loveland to Fort Collins. The trail is a ribbon of pavement winding across Larimer County’s scenic outdoors. In fact, as it parallels 57th Street,...
CO 4.4 mi Asphalt
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...
CO 10.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
CO 18.6 mi 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...
CO 4.5 mi 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...
CO 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
In the 1800s, a series of ditches was constructed to manage water and irrigate farmland in the Saint Vrain Valley. The historic Oligarchy Ditch dates back to this period, although today this channel...
CO 4.47 mi Concrete
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...
CO 28.5 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete
The Pointe Greenway winds down from Four Mile Greenway to Gardenia Drive with a spur up to Pointe Park. The trail is a mile-and-a-half and travels through residential neighborhoods and open areas....
WY 1.5 mi 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...
CO 21.8 mi 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....
CO 12.3 mi Asphalt, 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...
CO 3.9 mi Concrete
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,...
CO 7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Not to be confused with the longer Saint Vrain Greenway of nearby Longmont, the Saint Vrain Avenue Trail is a hard surface, multiuse trail in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Estes Park. While Estes...
CO 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Sheep Draw Trail is a 10-foot-wide paved regional trail along the scenic Sheep Draw Creek corridor connecting neighborhoods to shopping, recreation centers and schools. The trail travels through...
CO 4.03 mi Concrete
Signal Ditch Trail picks up at the north end of the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail and continues northwest. The hike-and-bike trail meanders along Signal Ditch, an irrigation channel which speaks to...
CO 3.3 mi Concrete
The Greenway actually encompasses 3 distinct segments: the first 0.6 miles is in the southeast, just north of Laramie County Community College. The other two in the southwest side of Wyoming’s...
WY 2.8 mi Concrete
True to its name the South Link Greenway connects three of Cheyenne’s prominent shared use pathways. It runs north-south, from the East Cheyenne Greenway, (which stretches west for almost 4 miles...
WY 2.2 mi 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...
CO 7.8 mi Concrete
The Spring Gulch #1 Greenway is a multiuse pathway in Longmont, Colorado. The trail stretches the length of the 16-acre Kensington Neighborhood Park, extending from 3rd Avenue north to a point not far...
CO 1.1 mi 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...
CO 8 mi Concrete
This is a component of Cheyenne’s citywide greenway system. The concrete sidepath parallels Storey Boulevard between Powderhouse Road and N. College Drive in north Cheyenne. The trail runs on the...
WY 2.2 mi Concrete
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...
CO 14 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
CO 0.3 mi 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...
CO 16 mi 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...
CO 0.6 mi Asphalt, 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...
CO 1.4 mi Concrete
The Yellowstone Road Greenway offers a 1-mile connector between two other trails, the Dry Creek Greenway and the Lions Park Greenway. The trail begins between McCormick Junior High School and...
WY 1 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Platte River Trail (CO)

Trail in need of repair

July, 2020 by neeterc

The trail between Mississippi and Alameda has wood retaining walls that are leaning into the trail and are a hazard to all.
Who is responsible for the upkeep and how can I donate to help get this repaired quickly?

Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

Pleasant ride along the canal

July, 2020 by laurastark

We explored a short 2-mile section near the middle of the Farmers' High Line Canal Trail. We began at Margaret's Pond in Westminster, where there is a small parking area, and then biked to the Northwest Open Space in Northglenn. This segment was all concrete. At first, we just traveled along the trail paralleling Legacy Ridge Parkway through a pleasant neighborhood, but the trail really got fun when it turned off the roadway to parallel Niver Canal. We enjoyed having the babbling canal by our side and saw redwing blackbirds and many other birds swooping through this area. At Federal Boulevard, take a moment to look down the roadway to the "Savery Savory Mushrooms" water tower, which is styled to look like a giant can of mushrooms and dates back to 1925. At the underpass for the boulevard, you'll see the trail's name posted, but there was no other trail signage along the route. Just past this point, we took a little detour around a pond and saw a pelican, cormorants, and ducks. We continued down the trail a short distance farther, still closely following the canal, to the Northwest Open Space, where we turned around and headed back.

Loveland Recreation Trail

Pretty Close to Complete

June, 2020 by rcarnotap

I rode the entire loop today and it is now virtually all completed. There are only one or two very short pieces to ride on a road. I went counterclockwise. Be careful eat County Road 11C. I turned north and ended up on the Front Range Trail and ended up in Ft Collins. Jog left and you will catch the trail that continues west. It is a nice ride and keeps you out of traffic.

Accordion

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

Westminster City park to East End

June, 2020 by dobsonguy

The trial from the Westminster City Park to the east end is all nice pavement, in mostly open fields. There the very nice Big Dry Creek Park at about 5 miles from the start. The trail ends just east of I-25. The tunnel under I-25 can flood, and the path there can be covered in debris. This is hard to see coming from brilliant sunshine in to the tunnel. I took a nasty spill there.

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

7.5 miles from Standley Lake and Back

May, 2020 by dobsonguy

My wife and I started from Standley lake and rode down to Westminster City park and bit beyond to make a 15 mile RT, and then back. Surface for the ~1.25 miles from Standley lake is crushed gravel -- the rest was mostly well maintained concrete., with a short stretch on 99th, a quiet street. Note that the South-side paths after Standley are paved, north-side is not, but that's where the Trail.link map will take you. South-side looks very new.

St. Vrain Greenway

Sandstone Ranch to S. Pratt Pkwy and return

May, 2020 by dobsonguy

This was a very pleasant ride. The surface is smooth, and new. The Greenway was destroyed in Sept. 2013 floods. Construction is continuing west of S. Pratt Pkwy. The traillink map needs updating as the new constructed path is not quite the same as before -- on the other side of the creek in places. Go and enjoy.

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

Pleasant neighborhood trail experience

May, 2020 by RTC

We rode the southwestern tip of Big Dry Creek Trail on a lovely May day, beginning near Westminster City Park and traveling past Highway 36 to Standley Lake. We greatly enjoyed the experience. Although you are never far from residential homes and a few retail hubs, the trail is nicely tucked into nature and closely follows the creek. There were outstanding views of the ravine, stretches of open space, and the mountains with lots of benches and picnic areas along the way. We saw many types of birds—including pelicans, red-winged blackbirds, swallows, and some type of hawk—as well as prairie dogs. The trail was paved until we approached the lake and then it was hard-packed crushed stone, which our hybrids handled well. It was roughly 10 miles roundtrip, which was easily doable for our 10-year-old daughter; no steep inclines, no street crossings (there were several underpasses to bypass traffic), and only one small stretch of on-road riding for a couple of blocks on a quiet rural road (not a single car even passed us). A pleasant surprise was all the beautiful artwork along the trail; every street underpass had painted murals.

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

Peaceful & scenic neighborhood trail

July, 2019 by laurastark

We had a wonderful time on the LoBo Trail, beginning our ride from Boulder's Celestial Seasonings parking lot after a great tour of the tea factory. The trail’s scenery was beautiful: a mixture of shady tree corridors and open fields with long grasses and wildflowers. Quiet neighborhoods buffered the trail just beyond the trees, and we saw many people out enjoying a weekend bike ride or walking their dogs. The trail was largely hard-packed crushed stone, which our hybrid bikes handled easily. There was a short break in the trail between Twin Lakes Road and Lookout Road, but that afforded us the opportunity to access a commercial area where we stopped for lunch.

Farmers' High Line Canal Trail

A lot more picturesque west of Huron St.

June, 2019 by phil.wang89

Overall, this is a pretty good urban trail.

Pros: Pretty well shaded, well marked in most places and lots of places to access or exit the trail. Great views of the mountains around Pecos and Federal when running westbound.

Cons: There are a lot surface-level street crossings starting at and east of Huron St. Trail runs next to busy roads for stretches.

Platte River Trail (CO)

Sweet Ride!

June, 2019 by audrey.adkins

Perfect for an out of towner like myself. Trail was easy to follow especially with this app!

Coal Creek Regional Trail

Great trail but know where you are going first.

June, 2019 by cfinnn1

My wife and I rode this trail out and back this week. Parking was good but you do need to find the lots and that can be difficult. The trail itself is wonderful. Lots of shade, open areas, and mixed riding with a nice climb and decent coming and going. The surface is well packed and wide. We saw many other bikers and walkers even though it was a workday. Our biggest complaint, and it caused more miles than planned, is horrible to non-existent signage. There are large blue signs at some intersections with the trail name but no direction on the signs. There are numerous trail junctions to neighborhoods, other trails, and shopping but not one sign to show where the main trail leads. For added confusion these off-shoot trails have the same surface as the main trail and look the same. At one major intersection the trail split 3 ways, we took what looked like the main trail and ended up in a car wash and the trail literally disappearing. Talking with locals who were on the trail was no help as many only used the connector trails and did not know where the main trail was. After finally figuring out the main trail with many detours we turned around before we would have liked and headed back. So, if going on this trail, know the trail before you go.

Platte River Trail (CO)

Nice cool brisk ride

May, 2019 by renebq91702

This trail from Mile High Stadium north to Thornton was awesome. The path is all concrete with a few brief exceptions. The trail is well laid out, good signage. The are frequent rest spots and even quite a few places to relieve yourself if need be with porta potties that were surprisingly clean. Lots of wildlife and open areas. Well worth the trip.

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