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​​​Hikers walk through grasslands, cottonwood trees and marshes along the trails. Wildlife watchers can admire the mule deer and great horned owls year-round. To schedule a guided walk or to get information on educational programs, call 303-690-1166 x 6566.

Bike lanes provide a popular year-round workout. The park trails map will help you plan your outing and the park brochure and map shows the connection to other surrounding trail systems, like the Cherry Creek Trail.

​​Cherry Creek TrailCherry Creek trail

​Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 4.75 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Cherry Creek Crossing or Cottonwood Creek trailhead
Usage: High
ADA accessible: Yes
Comments: Part of a regional trail system from Denver to Castlewood Canyon
Pets: Yes, on a 6'  leash at all times

Dam Trail

Permitted usages: Foot and bike
Length: .36 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Parking lot on north side of Marina
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Access along face of Cherry Creek dam
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Pope Trail

CCtrailspicture2.jpgPermitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 1.04 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Pope trailhead
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs through short grass prairie, rolling hills and past a historical site
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Butterfly Hill Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 1.08 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Pope or Cottonwood Creek trailheads
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs through short grass prairie and over rolling hills
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Prairie Loop Nature Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: .25 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Prairie Loop parking lot
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Self guiding nature trail through wetlands ecosystem
Pets: No

Vista Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: .65 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Cottonwood Creek trailhead
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs through short grass prairie and over rolling hills
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Cottonwood Creek Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 1.88 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Cottonwood Creek trailhead
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs along a restored riparian corridor with excellent habitat
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Windmill Creek Loop Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: .37 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Cottonwood Creek trailhead
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs through wetland and short grass prairie environments in a remote part of the Park
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Railroad Bed Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 2.11 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Cottonwood Creek trailhead
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Runs on top of a historical railroad bed with excellent single track
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Pipeline Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: .71 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Cottonwood Creek or Shop Creek trailheads
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Main access trail through protected wetlands
Pets: No

South Connector Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: .44 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Cottonwood Creek or Shop Creek trailheads
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Spur trail through protected wetlands
Pets: No

Wetland Loop Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: 1.22 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Cottonwood Creek or Shop Creek trailheads
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Loop trail through protected wetlands
Pets: No

North Connector Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: .27 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Shop Creek trailhead
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Spur trail through protected wetlands
Pets: No

Campground Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: .89 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via Campground or Swim Beach parking lots
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: Yes
Comments: Concrete trail around north side of campground
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Smoky Hill Trail

CCtrailspicture3.jpgPermitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 1.65 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Dixon Grove, Swim Beach, Smoky Hill or old jet-ski parking lots
Usage: High
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Asphalt trail along the east side of the reservoir
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Parker Road Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 2.49 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Shop Creek parking lot
Usage: High
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Concrete and asphalt trail along the east side of the Park
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

Shop Creek Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: .47 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Shop Creek parking lot
Usage: High
ADA accessible: Yes
Comments: Concrete trail along Shop Creek
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times

12-Mile Trail

Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: 2.81 miles non-paved
Trailhead / Access Point: 12-mile north and south parking lots
Usage: High
ADA accessible: No
Comments: trail system for the dog off leash area and the southeast side of the Park
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash except when inside designated dog off leash area

Beaver Pond Nature Trail

Permitted usages: Foot only
Length: .42 miles non-paved (one way .84 miles round trip)
Trailhead / Access Point: 12-mile north parking lot
Usage: Low
ADA accessible: No
Comments: Self guiding nature trail next to a wetlands ecosystem
Pets: No

Piney Creek Trail
Permitted usages: Foot, horse and bike
Length: .38 miles paved
Trailhead / Access Point: Via 12-mile south parking lot
Usage: Medium
ADA accessible: Yes
Comments: Concrete trail that accesses the Cherry Creek trail system
Pets: Yes, on a 6' leash at all times