High Line Canal Trail (CO)


High Line Canal Trail (CO) Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas
Length: 71 miles
Trail end points: Waterton Rd. (Littleton) and E 14th Dr. (Spring Hill Golf Course in Aurora)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6563805
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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High Line Canal Trail (CO) Description

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

Parking and Trail Access

Denver Water publishes a complete trail guide for sale locally. For access and parking information, click on the city links in the trial description.

High Line Canal Trail (CO) Reviews

I'm from Denver but don't live here anymore so I took the opportunity to enjoy part of the highline trail. I started at hampden and Colorado and followed the trail to easer. It's so beautiful that the miles sped by!

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)

- I suspect it's tougher if wet (we almost got rained-on)

but it was still excellent even on street-racer (700x23) tires. The scenery, (houses, fields, pastures, trees, canal, etc. was excellent, overall a very enjoyable experience.

I would definitely like to ride more of this famous Denver ride. Denver has many other rides, we did NOT get a chance to try-out - maybe some other time.

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.

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