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 the shopping mecca of Cherry Creek and Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.


The Greenway Trail, a paved bike path, follows the South Platte River for almost 30 miles, connecting a necklace of riverside parks. Since much of Denver's early history occurred along this river, the Colorado Historical Society has erected more than 20 large historic signs that use photos and illustrations to tell the story of the area. There are markers alongside the trail describing the Native Americans who once lived here, as well plaques with facts about local wildlife and birds. History-focused plaques tell visitors about dinosaurs and the geologic history of the area, as well as the railroads, trolleys, explorers, mountain men, soldiers and farmers that at one time or another traveled beside the South Platte River.


Riverside Cemetery: Many of Denver's famous pioneers are buried in this historic cemetery. 

Confluence Park: Denver was founded at this site; today, kayakers can be seen negotiating the man-made rapids of the park. Nearby is My Brother's Bar, the only bar still operating that was once frequented by Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and others from the Beat Generation. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, the Downtown Aquarium, the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus and Empower Field at Mile High are all located along the bike path.

Hudson Gardens: Beautiful private gardens are located along the bike path, along with a miniature outdoor garden railway and gorgeous garden walks. The facility operates a riverside cafe for bikers and hikers, with coffees, drinks and desserts.

Chatfield State Park: The bike trail ends at this sprawling park, which offers horseback riding, sailing, swimming and a gigantic balloon festival in August. From here, you can bike south through the park to Waterton Canyon and the beginning of the Colorado Trail. The unpaved Colorado Trail runs for nearly 500 miles to Durango, Colo.; however, parts of it are closed to biking. The first six miles offer a fairly easy, graded surface for biking along the South Platte River. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep among the rock outcroppings!


This paved trail also begins at Confluence Park and runs along Cherry Creek for more than 40 miles to Franktown. The Cherry Creek Bike Path is one of the most popular biking/hiking/jogging trails in Denver — and one of the prettiest. Parts of it comprise the Front Range Trail, an off-road bike path that will eventually stretch the entire north-south length of Colorado, from the Wyoming to New Mexico borders.


Cherry Creek Shopping District: There are nearly 500 department stores, shops, fitness studios, galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafes in the area, divided between the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the tree-lined streets of the quiet neighborhood of Cherry Creek North. The bike path runs directly behind the shopping center.

Four Mile House & Historic ParkThis old stagecoach stop (four miles from downtown Denver) is the oldest structure in the metro area. The 12-acre park is an oasis along the bike path and offers a museum and historic buildings that tell the story of Denver's early pioneers.

Cherry Creek State Park: One of metro Denver's largest lakes offers boating, camping, swimming and horseback riding. The bike path continues south through the park to Franktown. 

Castlewood Canyon State Park: From the southern end of the Cherry Creek bike path, it's just a few miles on a quiet dirt road to this beautiful state park, which features walks through the canyon and historic exhibits about the dam that was once located here.


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 winds 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 along a 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 numerous 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 not suitable for beginning riders.


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 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 quaint 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 amphitheater, but the views are incredible.


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 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.



Colorado Classic

Launched in 2017, the Colorado Classic is a four-day series of races that brings together the best pro cyclists from around the world. This year's event is the only women’s stand-alone Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) stage race and is scheduled for August 22–25, 2019. 

Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride

Riding 100 miles in one ride is a milestone for cyclists. But you don’t have to do it alone. On June 15, 2019, explore the metro area’s diverse neighborhoods while supporting cycling advocacy groups. If you’re not up for the full ride, there are shorter 85-, 50- and 25-mile courses. 


May–September, usually the third Wednesday of the month
The irreverent Denver Cruiser Ride is a monthly themed meet up and bike ride through the streets of Denver. A Mile High City tradition since 2005, each ride boasts a different theme, often involving zany costumes. It's free to ride, but a membership (starting at $20 per year) will net you some sweet swag and membership perks. 


Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Bike Denver's mission is to make biking safe and accessible for everyone in the community through bike safety courses, urban commuter classes and free bike repair events. They also work with local elementary schools to help improve bicycle routes to schools and educate parents, children and teachers about biking to school. But it's not all work and no play; Bike Denver also hosts weekly "City Spin" group rides, which often include dinner and other activities before and after the ride. Rides depart from different locations each week, so check the website for details.



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