Colorado, Denver, Platte River Trail
The Platte River Trail is a paved bike path, follows the winding South Platte River for almost 30 miles through the heart of the Denver Metro area, connecting a necklace of riverside parks. The Platte River Trail is just one of many of Denver's superb multi-use trails, this one stretching from just north and west of Englewood and heading north toward Henderson. The trail follows courses through Denver's urban landscape, including its industrial face, and incorporating high plains grassland landscapes with the Rockies as a backdrop.
The Platte River Trail is well paved and maintained. There are some street crossings, but a lot of underpasses or overpasses for crossing the major roadways. The trail can get congested in some stretches and as with any other urban area, trail users should be aware of their surroundings and be cautious with their valuables.
Parking lots are provided around numerous places along the southern segment:
Food and Drink
Plenty of place to stop and have meals along the trail. Cafes, memorials, botanical gardens and numerous parks are offered.
Since much of Denver's early history occurred along this river, the Colorado Historical Society has erected more than 20 large historic signs that use photos and illustrations to tell the story of the area. There are markers alongside the trail describing the Native Americans who once lived here, as well plaques with facts about local wildlife and birds. History-focused plaques tell visitors about dinosaurs and the geologic history of the area, as well as the railroads, trolleys, explorers, mountain men, soldiers and farmers that at one time or another traveled beside the South Platte River.
The trail has two disconnected sections:
You may find bicycle traffic circles at trail intersections, as well as interpretive signs and nature areas along the route. You can stop and watch kayakers ply the Union Avenue boat chutes.
The Platte River Trail intersects four other trails: Sand Creek, Bear Creek, Clear Creek, and Sanderson Gulch.
* Images from John Wachunas (Spinlister)
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