Union Pacific Trail (CO)

Colorado

Union Pacific Trail (CO) Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Adams
Length: 0.5 miles
Trail end points: E. 100th Ave. and Thornton Parkway (Thornton)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015438
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Union Pacific Trail (CO) Description

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 track in a strip of open space and behind surban back yards.

Parking and Trail Access

Park along Harrison Street (blocks 9970 to 9600) and take a short spur trail to the Union Pacific Trail.

Union Pacific Trail (CO) Reviews

No directions for the trail on the website so I stopped at City Hall and got a map of the bike trails in Thornton. I found a Community Park Trail along an active Union Pacicic Railroad that was 0.6 miles long. No trail heads. Found an entrance off E 98 Ave N39.87299 W104.94464 elev 5227’, a residential street, waking up the dogs. This trail is not RR grade, 6 to 8.4 % short grades. It provides views of the Great Plains Horizon, the Denver City Skyline and if clear the Rocky Mountains. It passes under Thornton Pwy to surface on the sidewalk to the East or West along Thornton Parkway. The Parks map shows many other longer hard surface trails in Thornton.
Exit 220 I-25 East on Thornton Parkway which goes by City Hall where you can pick up a map. Then continue 1.9 mile and make a left onto Steele then first right on E 96th PL, curves to left into Harrison St. By Noel Keller 5 Aug 08

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