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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 open in several disconnected pieces totaling just under 12 miles, each segment offers enjoyable outdoor experiences.
You can begin your journey at the trail’s southwestern end in the Great Western Reservoir Open Space, where there is ample parking. Two short segments of trail are available here. Keep an eye out for prairie dogs scampering through the grassy fields as you pedal along.
Farther north, another segment of trail begins at 120th Avenue and Eldorado Boulevard. Although the trail closely follows the boulevard, it’s separated from the roadway by a grassy median and lined with trees. You’ll have views of open space, distant mountains, the adjacent golf course, and residential neighborhoods. About midway along, you’ll come to Interlocken West Park, where you’ll have access to parking, restrooms, picnic tables and grills, and athletic facilities. This segment ends at Industrial Lane, just after passing through Interlocken East Park (which offers a disk golf course and sand volleyball pit) and under US 36 (the Denver-Boulder Turnpike).
A new pedestrian/bicycle bridge crosses the active railroad tracks and the trail continues at Midway Boulevard and Hoyt Street. You’ll pass a couple of businesses as you parallel Hoyt Street, but will enter a more pleasant environment as you turn right (east) into Richard Steele Park, tucked behind suburban homes. Soon, you’ll pop out onto Burbank Street, then take a short jaunt along 10th Avenue to the Broomfield Depot Museum (open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons), well worth a stop to explore some local history. From there, the trail continues through Zangs Spur Park, a sprawling recreational gem offering opportunities for basketball, volleyball, softball, and tennis, plus a large playground. Heading east, the trail goes under Highway 287 and pops out in a commercial and residential mixed-use space. Following a northeast course, the trail brings travelers across Miramonte Boulevard and Miramonte Park. It ends near Main Street and 14th Avenue.
A short, disconnected segment begins at 136th Avenue and Aspen Street. This trail section parallels Aspen heading north, providing access to Country Estates Park, where visitors will find an inline skating rink, basketball court, ball fields, picnic facilities, and a playground.
North of 144th Avenue, the next section of trail picks up off Sheridan Parkway and offers a short but pleasant neighborhood ride through wide open spaces with more mountain views. The majority of this section is concrete, but there are short sections of finely crushed stone as well. You’ll skirt the northern shoreline of pretty Glasser Reservoir and pedal through a meadow frequented by songbirds; look and listen for red-winged blackbirds and meadowlarks. The trail ends at Lowell Boulevard.
The final section of the Broomfield Trail provides access to Anthem Community Park, where you can test out your mountain biking skills at the pump track. Adjacent to the park is the Siena Reservoir, a popular spot to fish and picnic; you can also take a milelong lap around the lake. From the park, the trail continues a northeast course, heading under Northwest Parkway, and ending at Baseline Road.
You’ll find parking and bathroom facilities at the many parks along the Broomfield Trail (from south to north):
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