In 1850, the Colorado Gold Rush began on the banks of Ralston Creek. Today, Arvada’s longest and most complete public trail follows the meandering creek, linking several City parks and open space areas. Along the way you’ll find many features that highlight Arvada’s natural heritage: a rich variety of plant life, lakes and ponds, preserved wildlife habitats, bird sanctuaries, and historic sites. You’ll also find picnic areas and shelters, playgrounds, and rest rooms within the variety of scenery. Head west on the trail from the iconic 400-foot suspended cable bridge in Gold Strike Park known as Spar Bridge at the confluence of Ralston Creek and Clear Creek as it ties together numerous park, open space, picnic and play areas including Creekside, Memorial, Ralston Central, Ralston Cove, Oak, Davis, Lang, Danny Kendrick, Gibbs West, Ralston Valley, and Maple Valley. The trail ends with hills as it passes scenic Tucker Lake and terminates with spectacular views of the Denver skyline at Arvada Blunn Reservoir. 12.5 miles.
Equestrians permitted west of Eldridge Street to S.H. 93, and east of Pierce Street to Clear Creek only.