Big Dry Creek Trail

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Big Dry Creek Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Broomfield, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 the east. Parts of the trail are concrete and the rest is gravel. The whole trail is incredibly level and makes a great family outing since it is superb for pulling a bike trailer or tagalong. Wildlife viewing on the trail includes gophers, coyotes, and numerous bird species with an especially large population of hawks. One of the distinctively inviting features of this trail is the number of connector trails that feed into it. One of the longest and favorite trails to explore off of the Big Dry Creek Trail is the Farmers Highline Canal Trail. Although the abundance of side trails is a bonus feature of the trail, it can also be a bit of a problem. Many people have gotten off the beaten path on their first visit to Big Dry Creek Trail. It's easy to do. Fortunately, the path is fairly well marked, but it's important to pay attention to the signs on your first visit.

trail running
18 days ago

This trail ran directly behind my old house near Standley Lake and I used to hike it all the time. It's not really a "hike" more of just a walk in the park type trail running behind houses, schools, and some open spaces.

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hiking
6 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

Provides a nice network of trails. Overall, relatively flat with a few rolling hills.

9 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

Well-maintained generally though sometimes the path is very muddy or cracked from heavy rainfall or snowmelt. We've walked nearly all the different sections with our dogs and have been using the trail regularly for running. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife. We've seen hawks, magpies, bald eagles, prairie dogs, and even a random coyote or two! The only downside is the lack of shade--wear a hat and lots of sunscreen!

mountain biking
11 months ago

11 months ago

mountain biking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

I enjoyed biking up to Standley Lake. The open space offered concrete and gravel trails. They were steep at times and you could ride 25 miles and remain on the trail. Made for a good workout with plenty of nice views.