Colorado Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Activities
Length
Surfaces
Type

Animas River Trail

9.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

12 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Blue River Recpath

7.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Corridor Trail

0.8 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Dillon Dam Recpath

9.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

East Fork Trail (CO)

5.6 mi
State: CO
Ballast

Firestone Trail

8.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Dirt

Fowler Trail

0.9 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Fraser River Trail

6.3 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Frisco-Farmers Korner Recpath

3.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

20 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Great Western Trail (CO)

4.4 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

High Line Canal Trail (CO)

71 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

10.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Loveland Recreation Trail

18.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

3.5 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Milk Run Trail

0.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Mineral Belt Trail

11.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
Accordion

Monarch Spur Trail

2.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Montezuma Spur Recpath

0.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

17 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

Platte River Trail (CO)

28.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete

Poudre River Trail

21.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Rio Grande Trail

42 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Rock Island Trail (CO)

14.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

14 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Shooks Run Trail

3.9 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Silverthorne Recpath

5.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Snake River Recpath

6.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Swan Mountain Recpath

3.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Switzerland Trail

14 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail

12.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Gravel

Union Pacific Trail (CO)

0.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Upper Gold Camp Road

15 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Vail Pass Recpath

14.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Yampa River Core Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Animas River Trail runs for just over 9 miles along the scenic Animas River, occasionally following the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor. During summer, about eight trains per...
CO 9.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete, 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...
CO 7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
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...
CO 7.2 mi Asphalt
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 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...
CO 9.6 mi Asphalt
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...
CO 5.6 mi Ballast
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 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 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...
CO 6.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
CO 3.7 mi Asphalt
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...
CO 20 mi Dirt, Gravel
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
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...
CO 71 mi 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...
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
Colorado's Lower Loop Trail offers a wonderful scenic route along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful...
CO 3.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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...
CO 8 mi Asphalt
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...
CO 0.5 mi Concrete
The Mineral Belt Trail offers a loop through Leadville, which is tucked into the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail has spectacular views of the...
CO 11.6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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...
CO 2.5 mi Concrete
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...
CO 0.7 mi Asphalt
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...
CO 17 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand
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 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
Colorado's Rio Grande Trail is built upon the Aspen Branch of the former rail corridor of Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW). Trains stopped running between the 1960s and the mid-1990s,...
CO 42 mi Asphalt, Concrete, 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...
CO 14.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway follows Sand Creek in Denver's northeast metro area. The southern end of the trail, through Denver and Aurora, has a soft surface, which can make for a dusty ride when...
CO 14 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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....
CO 3.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
CO 5.8 mi 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...
CO 6.2 mi 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...
CO 3.7 mi Asphalt
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 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...
CO 12.6 mi Concrete, Gravel
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
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...
CO 15 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
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...
CO 14.4 mi 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...
CO 7 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Coal Creek Regional Trail

Enjoyable Ride

August, 2020 by flynnbj

We’re parked up at the top of the hill on Highway 42, and rode into Louisville along Coal Creek all the way to the golf course and almost all the way up to McCaslin.. The trail offer is a lot of enjoyable winding and a lot of shaded area which was very welcoming on a hot day like today.

Lee Lateral Ditch Trail

Lee Laterial

August, 2020 by bbonebuck

Very enjoyable ride. Easy ride with a lot of shade.

Sulphur Gulch Trail

Nice!

August, 2020 by matt.culpepper.961

Nice paved path from the Parker outskirts to the Cherry Creek Trl

Accordion

Rock Island Trail (CO)

Unkept, broken benches, could be great

August, 2020 by asevans48

This trail needs serious maintenance work. There is a pile of dirt under every bridge. Handrails are down as well between Galley and Murray. The concrete is broken beyond the point of being called concrete between Shooks Run and the newer trail. This is a commuter trail that no one cares about. It was nice to commute down the Cherry Creek Trail to work in Denver and from Denver to Englewood/Chatfield. I could even skate those trails they were so well taken care of. Hopefully, someone starts to take care of Shooks Run, the Legacy Loop, and the Rock Island trail. It could make the city more appealing to start ups, making the commute to Denver less of a necessity ($97 per day spent outside city limits on gas/food/car wear and tear).

If Colorado Springs took a little more care of and updated its trail system, you could actually commute to work without using a car. Sadly, that is impossible with the state of this system.

Rating:

0.5/5 stars

Shooks Run Trail

Broken Concrete, Unkept, Crosses Multiple streest

August, 2020 by asevans48

I am a fitness skater who loves speed. This trail is worse than every trail but prats of the Highline Canal Trail in Westminster, CO. Moved here last week and was looking for a 5-star trail system like the one in Denver. This one is a full-star unlike the 1/2 star Rock Island. Do not skate here without SUV skates or large wheels, preferably the latter to avoid flats

Pros:
- Some cool restaurants and an ice cream place along the way
- Covers nicer neighborhoods in the city

Cons:
- Have to cross major and minor roads every 1/10 - 1/4 mile
- Parks along route need some serious care
- Major chunks of concrete missing
- Dirt under the legacy loop bridge that never gets cleaned up
- Dirty
- Broken concrete in patches

Skates:
Powerslide Next 110 (big wheeled skate)

Does this city care about the park system? You can get from Denver to Aurora, Chatfield to Golden on some of the nicest sidewalk. Here it feels like the last time anyone paved a trail or removed and power washed the dirt away was 1995. There is 1 nice section though with a new sidewalk between the bridge and Tasty Freeze. Could be such a great skate/run/biking trail. They will need to enhance the trails to compete with the quality of life in the state.

Rating:
1/5

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?

Dillon Dam Recpath

Family Fun!

July, 2020 by amanda_boyd00

My daughters and I competed this today. The girls are ages 5 & 6. It was a tad difficult for my 5 year old, but she did it with lots of encouragement! We started at the Dillon end and road to the Frisco end. If I were to do it again, I would do it the opposite direction. This is so that the kids would be on the lake side when we get to the highways. It was a little hairy, with young riders, when we were on the longer stretches next to the highways.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

16 miles each way - but a great ride thru the Canyon

July, 2020 by grundberg

We came from Vail and parked in Dotsero at the trailhead - follow signs for Glenwood Springs Trailhead where the road dead ends. Took the pedestrian bridge over to the restaurant area of Glenwood for lunch before heading back.

South Canyon Trail

Stink, Stank, Stunk

July, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Parking: South Canyon Bridge & Devereux Rd
Trail Condition: S Canyon Bridge segment (western) is wide paved trail with a lot of debris thrown on to it from the adjacent interstate, needs maintenance. The eastern segment has nice wide path and well maintained.
Signage: None
Comments: Not much to say about the S. Canyon Bridge segment (western), it is short and unmaintained. TrailLink map implies that the old bridge can be accessed but is not the case anymore. A metal bar has been placed across the bridge entrance. A faded signs states no jumping from bridge and close by is a memorial site for a young man, did he jump from the bridge? The eastern segment travels behind a number of businesses and hotels, with the river on the other side of the trail. There are lots of shade trees, some benches, and picnic tables. At the western end of this segment of trail there is a sewage treatment plant and you go right past the nasty smelling tank with icky brown sludge being stirred up. On a warm day it is not a place you want to be. The trails at the edge of the interstate.

Midland Avenue Trail

Good Connector

July, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Parking: Devereux Rd
Trail Condition: Western end of trail is newer and trail condition is excellent, wide and concrete. Towards the east the trail is fine but with some cracking.
Signage: Good directional signs.
Comments: This is a good connector trail from west Glenwood Springs to downtown Glenwood Springs and other trails in that area. There are several underpasses and a new overpass to avoid busy streets into the Glenwood Meadows shopping district. Some minor uphill and downhill. It worthy of a ride.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Must Do This One

July, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Trail Condition: Overall trail condition is very good with some portions better/newer than others but no major issues.
Signage: Some directional signs. Plus a number of interpretive signs about the history & geology of the canyon.
Comments: I did this trail a number of years ago and wanted to do again. It still is worth repeated visits. This time was on a Friday and not as much traffic as a weekend but still plenty of users. I measured distance of 16 miles from entrance next to vapor caves to the trailhead at the eastern end of canyon. This includes the portion of road at No Name. Next time I’ll start trail at eastern trailhead in the morning when winds are calm through the canyon, then on return trip the winds can pick-up and push me back to start. There were lots of rafters on the river to watch. Even caught one of them mooning the Amtrak train as it passed through the canyon.

Mineral Belt Trail

Mineral Belt - Leadville

July, 2020 by kent.eudy

What a great ride! Freshly paved the entire 11.5 miles with extremely interesting history plagues every few hundred yards. The mining history and historic equipment was fascinating! Go clockwise from Ice Palace Park for the best experience!

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