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Big Dry Creek Trail

This Westminster trail is a little over ten miles and is perfect for a family bike ride or just a quick weekend workout.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  This trail is ideal for exploring the northwestern suburbs of Denver. It runs all the way from Standley Lake in the west to I-25 in... more »

Tips:  As mentioned in the overview, it is easy to get sidetracked on this trail. Don't rely on intuition or the look of the trail when... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Farmers Highline Canal Trail junction

Turn right at this point to explore the Farmers Highline Canal Trail. This is one of the longest trails that connects to the Big Dry Creek Trail.

2. Railroad Underpass

At this point, the trail crosses under the railroad tracks just east of Wadsworth Parkway.

3. W. 99th Ave.

At this point, you will turn right on a small, seldom-used road known as W. 99th Ave. This is the only time you will have to ride on a road for the entire length of the trail.

4. Trail leaves 99th Ave. West

Turn right onto this sidewalk/trail and say goodbye to the short section of road; it's all trail from here on out.

5. Confusing trail junction

Pay close attention to the sign at this junction. It appears as if the trail continues straight at this point. However, you want to turn right here to stay on the main Big Dry Creek Trail. The trail that goes straight dead ends at Church Ranch Boulevard.

6. Westin Hotel and City Park

This is an important spot on the trail for a variety of reasons:
- It is Westminster's City Park and is a good place to get a drink and watch a softball game or some other sporting event.
- It is the location of a "flying disc park" where you can take part in a game of disc golf.
- It is another (of many) confusing junctions. One trail leads into ... More

7. Front Range Community College

The Community College Trail veers to the right here. It is a nice little side trip off the main trail that ends up reconnecting near the housing development to the northeast of the college campus.

8. Another confusing trail junction

After crossing under W. 128th Ave., be ready for a right hand turn. You will be turning off of a cement trail and onto a gravel trail, which seems counterintuitive, but trust me. If you keep going straight on the cement path, you will end up dead-ending in a local neighborhood.
When you turn right onto the gravel path, you will be continuing on... More

9. Trail's End

... or as Porky Pig would say, "Bee Ba Dee, that's all folks!"
However, you have two choices at this point. If you cross under I-25 the trail continues for a very short ways, then ends in a residential area. You can explore the suburbs of Thornton from here.
Or, If you turn left (north) just before crossing under I-25, you can explore another... More

10. Bear to the left at this point

For this portion of the trail, you are in the Standley Lake Regional Park. The Standley Lake Dam was constructed between 1909 and 1919. It was enlarged in 1963.
As mentioned in the introduction, this trail has many tributary trails. At this point in the trail, assuming you are going from west to east, you will want to go left. There is not a sign ... More