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Additional Trails

Additional Primary trails in Arvada's 150+mile trail network include:

(Equestrian use (horses) permitted on trails noted with an asterisk ( * ) and where signs indicate approved equestrian use.) 


Barbara Gulch Trail *

West of the Town of Leyden, this trail departs Leyden Creek Trail and follows the Barbara Gulch drainage into preserved Barbara Gulch Open Space. The paved trail offers incredible views of the open space and foothills. Although this trail currently stops in the valley at the west end of the Leyden Rock subdivision, it is planned to extend farther west as opportunities become available. 2.25 miles.

Big Dry Creek Trail *

This regional trail starts in northwest Arvada and follows its namesake waterway through neighborhoods and past multiple parks and open spaces as it flows eastward. Existing and planned underpasses allow users to avoid street crossings and enjoy the continuity of open space scenery. Big Dry Creek Trail is planned to connect eastward toward Standley Lake, eventually tying in to the regional route that extends east through multiple cities. 2.7 miles west of Indiana Street, 0.5 miles east of Indiana Street.

Heritage Canal Trail

Known within Arvada as the trail that parallels Croke and Farmers’ High Line Canals, the Heritage Canal Trail currently exists in three locations:

  • The western segment wraps along the south and west edges of Broad Lake, and also continues a short distance north to W. 64th Avenue. 0.5 miles.
  • In east Arvada, the trail parallels Carr Street, heading north outside the western edge of Indian Tree Golf Course from W. 74th Way. 0.5 miles. A short on-street detour using W. 74th Way, Club Crest Drive, and Carr Drive puts you back onto Heritage Canal Trail at Club Crest Park. Additional 0.25 miles.
  • Also in east Arvada, the soft-surface trail parallels the Croke Canal from Lakecrest Park, past Standley Lake Library, north to Standley Lake.  The route includes a pedestrian bridge over Farmers' high Line Canal and underpass at 86th Parkway. This segment is also part of the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail. ​0.5 miles. 

Leyden Creek Trail *

Discover the tranquility and spectacular scenery of western Arvada on natural surfaces within Pattridge Open Space along Leyden Creek west of the Town of Leyden. 3.75 miles. Ramble or ride through open space on paved and soft trails east and west of Alkire Street at Youth Memorial Sports Complex. 1.0 miles.

Moon Gulch Trail *

Just west of the Indiana Equestrian Center and Arvada Indoor Equestrian Arena, this scenic trail winds through Saddle Brook Park and Moon Gulch Open Space. West of Quaker Street, the primary trail continues up the Moon Creek drainage to Spring Mesa Park, while other trail spurs lead to Spring Mesa Open Space, Leyden Creek Trail in Pattridge Open Space, and Tucker Lake Open Space. 2.0 miles.

Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail  

This ambitious regional trail project, initiated under the America’s Great Outdoors program, is the result of a partnership among participating cities and the Federal government to connect three Urban National Wildlife Refuges in the metro area with a single scenic trail route. Starting at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the trail winds west to Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge in Arvada before bearing north and west through preserved park and open space and terminating at the eastern edge of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. 4.5 miles within Arvada; approximately 27-miles from Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. 

Local trails are shorter in length, and include:

Blunn Trail *

Named after Montie Blunn who owned the land before the reservoir was built, this multi-use trail east of Arvada Blunn Reservoir is a north-south connector between major regional trails. Starting from the point where Ralston Creek Trail heads north at the underpass on Virgil Way, this trail takes the southern fork, skirting the eastern edge of Bird’s Nest Disc Park and Long Lake Regional Park before tying into Van Bibber Creek Trail at historic Churches Ranch. 1.3 miles.

Discovery Trail

Lake Arbor in northeast Arvada is the starting point for this paved neighborhood trail. Starting at the east end of Lake Arbor Park, the trail bears north to Far Horizons Park where it splits. Continue past the park through the greenbelt to W. 86th Avenue, or turn west between homes on the off-street corridor that terminates at Otis Drive. 1.5 miles.

Fairmount Trail *

This flat multi-use trail picks up where Ralston Creek Trail terminates at W. 64th Avenue near S.H. 93 and bears south between Long Lake Ranch Park and North Area Athletic Complex to the Van Bibber Creek Trail. It offers scenic views of North Table Mountain as it follows an irrigation canal southward, passing outside Arvada City limits and into Golden. 0.75 miles in Arvada; continues 2.0 miles south to additional trails on North Table Mountain in Golden.

Independence Trail

In northwest Arvada, this trail parallels the south edge of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge west from Indiana Street to a trailhead at W. 95th Lane west of Poppy Way. A connection bearing south to Big Dry Creek Trail is available from Independence Trail at the halfway point. 1.0 miles.

Interurban Trail

This trail traces a short portion of an original Denver Tramway System trolley route known as the Golden Line, which ran from W. 51st Avenue and Teller Street to Golden between 1904 and 1950. A gravel trail weaves alongside paved trail in many places as it parallels W. 51st Avenue from Yarrow to Independence Street, passing through scenic Four Acre Lake and Jack B. Tomlinson Parks along the way. 1.3 miles.

Rainbow Trail

Numerous neighborhood connections and connections to Arvada Volunteer Firefighters Park and Rainbow 2 & 3 Parks are offered on this paved trail which parallels Little Dry Creek Trail in northeast Arvada. 1.1 miles.

Union Street Trail

A quiet north-south trail starting just north of Fremont Elementary School links Harry S. Truman Park and Danny Kendricks East Park as it meanders through neighborhoods, ultimately connecting to Ralston Creek Trail. 0.6 miles.

Wayne Lunn Trail

This wide, paved bikeway is a north-south route paralleling Ward Road between W. 52nd and W. 72nd Avenues. It offers a direct connection to Van Bibber Creek Trail, Ralston Creek Trail, and a connection to Yankee Doodle Trail at W. 65th Avenue along the way before terminating at Moore Farm Open Space. 2 miles.

Yankee Doodle Trail

This trail offers a pleasant 1.2 mile walking or biking route and includes some beautifully landscaped areas. It begins west of Fremont Elementary School and continues west through Yankee Doodle Park to Eldridge Street. 1.2 miles.