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Sand Creek Regional Greenway

Location The Sand Creek Regional Greenway runs through northwest Aurora, northeast Denver, and southern Commerce City. It connects the High Line Canal trail in Aurora at Tower Road and Colfax Avenue, with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City.
State(s) Colorado
Counties Denver, Adams
Type Greenway
Urban Trail
Length 13.50 Miles / 21.73 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snow Play, General
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Sand Creek Regional Greenway
Sand Creek Regional Greenway

Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a nearly 14-mile public greenway, connecting the High Line Canal trail in Aurora at Colfax Avenue, with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. The Sand Creek Regional Greenway trail completes a loop of 50 miles of off-street urban trails in the northeast metro Denver area. We are called the "Wilderness in the City." The Greenway is not an irrigated or traditional-landscaped city park; only native plants and grasses are on the Greenway. The trail is open year round, from dawn until dusk, and all non-motorized uses of the trail are welcome including bicycling, horseback riding, walking, running, and pets on leashes. The trail is also wheelchair accessible, meeting ADA guidelines.

The idea of a regional greenway corridor along Sand Creek to link the High Line Canal trail in Aurora with the Platte River Greenway in Commerce City was first described in 1991 in the Emerald Strands Plan, a multi-jurisdictional planning project of three cities and Adams and Arapahoe counties. In 1993, the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation commissioned a concept plan, which described the opportunities for, and constraints of, a Sand Creek greenway. In 1994, the current partners convened, encouraged by Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), to begin detailed planning for the corridor.

Grants from GOCO and the US Environmental Protection Agency supported a year-long master planning effort for the Sand Creek Regional Greenw (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset



There are many points of access to the Greenway in Denver, Aurora, and Commerce City. The main trailheads in Commerce City are south of I-270 on York and another is located at 56th and Dahlia; the Denver trailhead is west of the intersection of Havana and Smith Roads; the main Aurora trailheads are at Sand Creek Park on Fitzsimons Pkwy east of Peoria and Star K Ranch near Smith Road and Chambers. Please see our website at for directions to specific trailheads.


Additional Information

Width: 120 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Concrete

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: 5280

Elevation High Point: 5280

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 02/21/2013


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Katherine Kramer
Executive Director
Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership
7350 East 29th Ave.
Suite 300
Denver , CO 80238
(303) 468-3263


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Sand Creek Regional Greenway Website View/Download



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