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Sand Creek Greenway

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Sand Creek Greenway

LENGTH:

15 miles

SURFACE:

paved / unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

Denver, Commerce City, Aurora

HIGHLIGHTS:

natural areas along the creek, connections to South Platte River Trail & High Line Canal Trail, local parks

NEARBY TRAILS:

South Platte River Trail

Westerly Creek Trail

High Line Canal Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Denver Metro

Regional Trails

The Sand Creek Greenway is a 15-mile long paved and unpaved pathway located on the northeast side of the Denver Metro area. The trail connects to the South Platte River Trail on the north side of Denver, then heads east through Commerce City and Aurora. The east end of the Sand Creek Greenway is located on the east side of Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

The Sand Creek Greenway goes through the natural area alongside of Sand Creek as it goes past commercial and industrial areas. The trail also goes past several local parks, golf courses and residential neighborhoods. The Sand Creek Trail has connections to the paved trails in the Northfield at Stapleton area.

Conditions

The Sand Creek Greenway has paved and unpaved sections. There was a great deal of damage to the trail system during the floods of 2013, but the repairs to the trail have been extensive. The trail is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding, walking and running. There are underpasses for many of the major street crossings.

Communities

The Sand Creek Greenway goes past the following communities: Denver, Commerce City and Aurora.

Points of Interest

The Sand Creek Greenway goes past the following points of interest:

South Platte River Trail
Wetland Park
Central Park at Stapleton
Central Park Recreation Area
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Isabella Bird Community School
Sand Creek Park
Morrison Nature Center
Star K. Ranch
High Line canal Trail
Aurora Sports Park
Buckley Air Force Base
Nearby Trails

The Sand Creek Greenway connects to other recreational trails along its route as well as trails within the local parks.

South Platte River Trail: east of York Street and just south of Interstate 270

Commerce City Trail System: Quebec Street and Interstate 270.

Westerly Creek Trail & Central Park at Stapleton trails: halfway between Central Park Boulevard and Havana Street.

High Line Canal Trail: to the south of Quebec Street and east of N. Airport Road.

End Points

The northwest end of the Sand Creek Greenway is located to the east of York Street and just south of Interstate 270 where it intersects the South Platte River Trail.

The southeast end of the is along E. 6th Avenue, about 2 miles east of N. Airport Boulevard in Aurora.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Sand Creek Greenway in Denver, Commerce City and Aurora, Colorado.