24 Mar Best Bike Trails for Urban Exploring
Consistently ranked as one of America’s fittest states, it’s no surprise that Colorado is home to a plethora of outdoor activities in its bustling metro areas. Denver and Broomfield are home to numerous bike trails that weave throughout their sleepy suburbs, connect to their urban areas, or lead to sparkling lakes and reservoirs. Here are some of our favorite bike trails for urban exploring.
Quail Creek Park
Owned and operated by the City of Broomfield, this 10-acre park has numerous bike paths that wind through lush, green open space. Plan to grill at one of its picnic areas or invite friends for a game of softball. Ride around the lake or connect to the greater Broomfield trail system.
Broomfield’s Trail System
Our beautiful city offers numerous bike trails that wind throughout its charming shopping areas and picturesque parks. Spend the day navigating the many gravel paths and paved trails. For a grander adventure, take U.S.-36 Bikeway path into Boulder. This linked trail system can be picked up from many locations around Broomfield, meaning that ARISTA Broomfield residents can start the day right from home.
Cherry Creek Trail
As Denver’s main biking, running, and walking trail, this 20-mile path winds throughout its different neighborhoods and eventually ends at the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Start at Confluence Park, right in downtown Denver, and enjoy the easy ride through the city. Spy beautiful murals and peddle to the sound of the gentle creek cutting through the bustling metropolis.
Sloan’s Lake Trail
For a slice of paradise smack dab in the heart of North Denver, peddle the 2.6-mile loop around Sloan’s Lake. Enjoy stunning views of the Rocky Mountains nestled alongside Denver’s picturesque skyline. Pack a picnic and lounge on the lush green lawn. Or, if you’d like to up the mileage, start at Lakewood Gulch and ride through Denver’s historic neighborhoods on your way to the lake.
Clear Creek Trail
Plan a mini-weekend getaway to Golden, Colorado – only a 25-minute drive from ARISTA. Ride bikes along the 18-mile Clear Creek Trail, and in warmer weather, dunk in the chilly creek to cool off. You’ll need it after a challenging 700-foot climb near the end of the route. Recognized as one of the best bike paths in Colorado, Clear Creek Trail is a must-see for biking enthusiasts of all skill levels. Finish the day off with a rewarding craft beer from any one of Golden’s numerous, award-winning breweries.
Bear Creek Trail
Commencing just outside of Englewood, this trail leads riders straight toward the mountains. Over 16 miles of biking trail cut through the Greenbelt Nature Preserve. Riders will feel a world away from the big city, and are sure to delight in the natural scenery and wildlife. Prepare for a workout and pack plenty of water and snacks as this trail climbs 600-ft before pushing riders out at the historic town of Morrison, Colorado. There are plenty of delicious restaurants in this charming community, so plan to refuel before the ride back down.
Whether you’re a novice bike rider or avid peddler, Denver and its surrounding metro area has something for you. Plan to explore downtown bike paths and stop for appetizers, dinner, and drinks. Or, if you’re craving a bit more nature, peddle away from the city toward our state’s famous Rocky Mountains. ARISTA Broomfield puts residents at the doorstep of both Denver and the mountains. Our planned community is the perfect hub to meet up with fellow riders before the start of an adventurous day.