Denver is a paradise for cyclists! The Mile High City boasts more than 85 miles of paved trails that connect to hundreds of additional miles of dirt trails offering mountain bike adventures. These trails also connect riders to dozens of notable attractions, including Cherry Creek Shopping District and Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.
CLEAR CREEK BIKE PATH
The Clear Creek Bike Path is a 20-mile-long paved bike path that follows fast rushing Clear Creek from the South Platte River to the town of Golden. The path goes through residential neighborhoods and countryside, but always follows the creek. As it nears Golden, the trail offers outstanding views of the high buttes that surround the town.
Golden: The authentically Western town of Golden was Colorado's first capital city. Today, visitors encounter a mix of outdoor cafes, Western stores and museums with a quaint main street that in places still has covered walkways, false-front buildings and plankboard sidewalks. An award-winning kayak course runs through the center of the town and there are outdoor patios where you can enjoy a drink while kayaks float by. Some historic buildings are located directly on the bike path, while Coors Brewery, the largest single brewing site in the world, is nearby.
Colorado Railroad Museum: A mile from Golden and just off the bike path, it's the largest railroad museum in the state, with more than 50 locomotives and cars, all capturing the romantic era of narrow-gauge railroading in the Rocky Mountains.
North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Green Mountain: These three buttes and hills all have dirt mountain-biking trails, both along the sides of the buttes and up on top, where they offer spectacular, sweeping views of the metro area. The hills can be steep and rocky and are for intermediate riders only.
BEAR CREEK BIKE TRAIL
Bear Creek Bike Trail is a 20-mile trail that follows Bear Creek from the South Platte River to the tiny mountain town of Morrison — gateway to the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. From here, there are paved bike trail links along C-470 that connect to Chatfield State Park in the south or Golden in the north, making 40- to 60-mile loops possible from downtown Denver.
Morrison: This cute little town has cafes, coffee and ice cream shops, galleries and fine restaurants, all at the base of unusual geologic rock outcroppings. Bear Creek flows through the edge of the town.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre: Bear Creek Bike Trail connects to Red Rocks, offering an opportunity to bike around 70-million-year-old red-rock outcroppings, some rising 300 feet high. Bikers share the road with cars in the park, and it's a steep incline from Morrison to the amphitheatre, but the views are incredible.
High Line Canal Trail
The High Line Canal Trail is one of the longest urban trails in America. It’s a meandering path that travels 71 miles through suburban Denver, from Waterton Canyon to the plains south of Denver International Airport. It has been designated a National Landmark Trail and covers a peaceful, relatively flat landscape along an irrigation canal owned by Denver Water. While you could potentially bike the whole distance, most people choose a smaller segment, since the path crosses several roads, without under- or over-passes in many cases. There are plenty of benches and parks along the way for breaks, and a canopy of cottonwood trees makes for shady cover.
Chatfield State Park: This beautiful state park southwest of Denver has views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River Valley. It’s a popular destination for recreation: boating on the lake, hiking, camping, horseback riding and even model airplane flying.
Littleton: Historic Downtown Littleton is lined with cute indie boutiques, antique shops, creative eateries and galleries featuring local artists. The Littleton Museum is a unique place to learn about local history and explore not one but two 19th century farms.
Aurora History Museum: Changing exhibitions explore regional history, decorative and fine arts and natural history. The museum's permanent exhibition, "Growing Home" speaks about Aurora and the region's history, including a fully restored 1913 trolley trailer on display.