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The Sulphur Gulch Trail is a concrete hike-and-bike path in Parker, Colorado, 20 miles southeast of the state's capital. The trail acts as a feeder, a way for Parker residents to connect to the regional Cherry Creek Regional Trail, which travels over 40 miles across Denver, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. But the trail itself is worth it for its good quality and ample connections to local destinations.
The trail, like the Sulphur Gulch it is named for, stretches east to west. The gulch is a tributary of Cherry Creek. While the creek bed tends to be dry in the summer, it usually fills up following Springtime snow melts. The riparian corridor is dominated by grasses, wildflowers and other foliage.
The trail east end is found on Buffaloberry Drive and it begins by heading up north along Sara Gulch, past Paperflower Park, to Sulphur Gulch. Once it meets the gulch, it begins its winding path west, with spurs reaching into the adjacent subdivisions to invite neighbors out onto the trail. There are several street crossings: some via crosswalks with others being underpasses under busy highways. There is signage marking the trail as well as benches, particularly near street access points. A fitness station was installed near Town Hall.
Parker's Town Hall is one of the points of interest along the Sulphur Gulch Trail. It's located at about the trail's midpoint. Nearby is the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center (PACE), the main performing arts and events venue. Also on the trail's route are a number of parks including Rivas Ridge Park and Bar CCC Park, the latter of which is a ball field located at the trail's west endpoint where it meets Cherry Creek. For variety, there is also the option of diverting from the Sulphur Gulch Trail at Stonehenge Way and following the Tallman Gulch Trail south and east. Trail users can also bike or walk to the Parker Market Place shopping center and complete errands without the need for a car. Children may be able to use the trail to access their schools, too.
That's what's great about the Sulphur Gulch Trail: it celebrates Parker's natural beauty while serving both the recreational and commuting needs of its residents.
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