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Sand Creek Regional Greenway

Ride the 14 mile long Sand Creek Regional Greenway trail.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made the metro Denver area a national model for linked ... more »

Tips:  There are 3 main things you need to take into account before setting out on the Greenway.


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Points of Interest

1. Confluence with South Platte Greenway trail

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway dead ends into the South Platte Greenway at the confluence of Sand Creek and the South Platte river. Take the trail south toward downtown Denver, or north to connect with the Clear Creek trail (which can take you all the way to Golden!)

2. Dahlia Trailhead

The Dahlia Trailhead serves as the main entrance point to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Commerce City. Amenities include a paved parking lot and nearby picnic shelters.

3. Commerce City Wetlands Park

A great place to picnic or exercise! A loop extends around a restored wetland area next to Sand Creek. Amenities include a parking lot off of Ivy Street, picnic shelters, and a public restroom.

4. Major Construction Zone

This area will be a major construction zone until 2016. The Central Park Boulevard bridge, RTD East Corridor FasTracks bridge, and Union Pacific Railroad bridge will all be built over Sand Creek (and over the SCRG trail). Please use extreme caution in this area. For up to date information about detours and trail clsures, please visit http:/... More

5. Old Runway Tunnels

As you are meandering along the trail, you will suddenly come to a paved section with large concrete walls on either side. These are the old runway tunnels of the Stapleton Airport, which was demolished in the 1990s. The tops of the runway tunnels were removed several years ago, but the large concrete walls still remain.

6. Smith Road Trailhead

The Smith Road Trailhead serves as the main entrance point to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Denver. Spacious parking.

7. The Urban Farm at Stapleton


The Urban Farm (TUF) is a 23-acre community farm and environmental education facility located near Stapleton's Sand Creek Regional Greenway. It offers a wide array of programs in horsemanship, animal husbandry, gardening, conservation, stream reclamation, and land cultivation. The facility is open to the public Saturday... More

8. Bluff Lake Nature Center


Bluff Lake Nature Center occupies 123 acres adjacent to Sand Creek on the eastern edge of the Stapleton development. It offers a variety of native habitats including a seasonal lake, wetlands, short-grass prairie, a riparian zone and wetland woodland. Thanks to its 60 year history as an airport buffer, Bluff Lake has... More

9. Sand Creek Park

Sand Creek Park offers several paved trails that link to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. No public bathrooms.

10. Morrison Nature Center and Star K Ranch

Morrison Nature Center is your gateway to discovering Aurora's true nature. Consult our library of field guides, reference books, and natural history favorites; enjoy the birding at our songbird feeding stations, or peruse our seasonally changing exhibits on local plants and animal life. Costumes, blocks, puppets, kids' books, and live animal... More

11. Star K Ranch

The Star K Ranch is a 200-acre preserve that encompasses a variety of habitats including short-grass prairie, wetlands, ponds, Sand Creek, and riparian areas, making it a wonderful area for exploration. Star K Ranch "regulars" include mule deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, great... More

12. High Line Canal trail

The Highline Canal spans 66 miles through the Denver metro area. The trail ends near Colfax Avenue in Aurora, where it will soon connect with the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. For more information or to download a trail map, please visit http://www.denverwater.org/recreation/highlinecanal/.