Best Trails for Biking

There are warm days ahead! Aurora is home to hundreds of miles of trails. Discover popular locations for bike riding and even walking.

Bike handlebars on the trail

Sand Creek Greenway Trail

Just outside the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, this 12.4-mile biking trail connects to the South Platte Trail. Tucked away on Star K Ranch Park, the Sand Creek Greenway Trail is mostly paved with compacted gravel. Enjoy open spaces, waving prairie grass, and small marshes along the way. If you’re up for more of a challenge, the South Platte Trail connects the upper and lower metro areas while running about 28+ miles.

Cherry Creek Reservoir Loop Trail

Located in the heart of Cherry Creek State Park, the Reservoir Loop Trail is a moderately popular route for bikers, walkers, and hikers. This 8.8-mile loop is perfect for beginners and casual bikers. Locals suggest coming early or staying late to avoid peak sun times. This flat trail is great for checking out native species, like hawks and bald eagles, or watching the water move on the 880-acre reservoir below. Expect mountain views in the background as your bike carries you through the trail. If you enter the park with a vehicle, you will need to pay a small admission fee that’s good for all-day use.

A coupling biking on the trail near Aurora Reservoir

Aurora Reservoir Trail

Cruise alongside a crystal-clear reservoir on a paved 8-mile trail. The Aurora Reservoir Trail is easily accessible for people of all ages and offers an alternative to the city’s other two reservoirs. If you’re looking to rent bikes, Pedego located in Southlands Lifestyle District is a great option – and the store is only one mile from the reservoir. Catch pretty sunsets, bring the kids, and enjoy a small picnic afterward under the pavilions. If you enter the park with a vehicle, you will need to pay a small admission fee that’s good for all-day use.

Smoky Hill Trail & Parker Road Trail Loop

Located inside Cherry Creek State Park, The Smoky Hill to Parker Road Trail is very popular among visitors and locals. It’s 4.7-miles of a paved and practically paved trail that offers scenic views for bikes, walkers, and bird-viewers. Expect pull-off stops with the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains on a clear day. The trail is also located very close to the water, making it easy to explore nature’s beauty. If you enter the park using a vehicle, you will need to pay an admission fee which you can use all day.

Toll Gate Creek Trail

A local’s secret, the Toll Gate Creek Trail is great for experiencing a different side of Aurora. This 6.3-mile trail is paved and used by bikers, dog walkers, and hikers. Starting at the edge of Quincy Reservoir, this trial takes riders north towards Delaney Farms. Riders can expect more wooded terrain, wildlife viewing, and casual biking. You can also begin at Delaney Farms and ride south towards Quincy Reservoir.

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