As the temps start to warm up, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. One way to do that is to hit the biking trails. The state of Colorado boasts some of the best, most scenic paths in the world. Go on a leisurely bike ride or simply use it as a way to get from one destination to the next. Biking is also a fun way to get in some exercise. No matter the reason, try out one of these exciting Colorado biking routes today:
Boulder Creek Path
Spanning east from Boulder Canyon to the border of the Valmont Reservoir, Boulder Creek Path is the perfect trail for all types of cyclists. On the west end of the trail, the path’s surface is a mix of dirt and gravel, which eventually turns into paved asphalt as you come into the city and downtown Boulder. Also on the trail are quaint community parks and the University of Colorado campus. Learn more at http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/boulder-creek-path.
Bear Creek Trail, Denver
A 9.1-mile stretch between and the foothills of the Rockies, Bear Creek Trail offers beautiful views of woodlands and meadows as well as Bear Creek. Take in the splendor that is Denver skyline and the lush natural surroundings as you ride through the tree-lined landscapes at Bear Creek Lake Park, Bear Creek Greenbelt and Bear Valley Park. The mixed-surface path includes a combination of asphalt, concrete, dirt and gravel. To lengthen your outing, connect to the South Platte River Trail in Denver. To learn more about this popular trail, visit http://www.traillink.com/trail/bear-creek-trail-%28denver%29.aspx.
Cherry Creek Trail
There’s 40 miles of paved, smooth concrete to ride on the Cherry Creek Trail, and not a moment will be spent bored. The trail begins in downtown Denver, in close vicinity of the Platte River Trail and Confluence Park, where, in 1858, the founding of the city commenced due to a gold discovery. More history abounds on the trail as you hit the Four Mile House and the Historic Park, where you can learn all about Denver’s early pioneers. The trail will also lead you past the Cherry Creek Shopping District. Find more information at http://www.traillink.com/trail/cherry-creek-trail.aspx.
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
A total of about 16 miles, the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail is suitable for bicyclists of all physical abilities, beginning at Glenwood Canyon Resort, traveling through the Colorado River with access to Glenwood Springs and Dotsero. In addition to beautiful scenic surroundings, you may even spot some unique wildlife, for example, bighorn sheep. Along the way, stop at picnic areas, fishing sections and restrooms. Once in town, you can also join the Rio Gande Trail, which goes south and east towards Aspen. Get more information about this family-friendly biking path at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5186494.pdf.
Little Dry Creek Trail
In Westminster and northern Arvada is a quaint, 10-mile pathway for bikers to enjoy as well as walkers and skaters alike. The path is lined with trees, but the best views come once you hit the northwestern portion, where you’ll find a variety of parks such as Little Dry Creek Park, Woodrun Park, Lakecrest Park and Michael Northry Park. The trail ends at the Clear Creek Trail, which then links with the South Platte River Trail. Learn more at http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/ParksRec/TrailSystem/LittleDryCreekTrail.aspx.
Get out there this spring and enjoy the best bike paths Colorado has to offer.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.