Big Dry Creek Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily 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.

Length11.7 miElevation gain127 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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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. Accessibility: The trail surface is part smooth concrete and part gravel, typically at least six feet wide, and mostly gentle (estimated under 5% grade). Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable.

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 deciding which path to take. Sometimes the side trails look more like the main path. Use this guide and the signposts to orient yourself on your inaugural trail visit. Since the Front Range of Colorado is noted for it's abundant sunshine, and this trail has very little shade, come prepared with lots of sunscreen and water. Also remember that sporadic afternoon showers are common in Colorado, so bring a rain jacket. It's not a bad idea to always carry one of those hotel shower caps in your bike bag. They're light, they hardly take up any space, and they fit right over your helmet in case you're caught out in the rain.

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Mark Booth
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calm easy has a bunch of dirt branch trails that can get fairly difficult in terms of terrain

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Eric Cardin
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I was out there yesterday and the trail was completely dry with no more water or snow left over. Pretty windy but otherwise great conditions.

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Alec Ross
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If you make it all the way to Standley, heading back is mostly downhill and a great time!

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Flavia Estrada
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Brenda Cassidy
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Always great!!

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Dave Sherk
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Casey Barrett
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Road bikingGreat!

Excellent trail. minimal main street interaction. it's March, it was 60 degrees and there were already a healthy number of people out. may get congested at times. but I will absolutely ride that trail numerous times in the coming future.

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Mary Gilreath
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First half wasn’t pretty

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Casey Barrett
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Emilia Carlisle
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Taylor Graveen
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Good for running and dog friendly

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Mirella Flores
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Mostly paved trail. Great for walking, running, and biking. Great view of the mountains at the starting point.

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Kat Perry
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Very dry next day after the snow. Beautiful mountain views along the way.

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Rob Gilbert
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WalkingGreat!

There’s two owls living under Sheridan Blvd where the trail passes under the road

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Josh Medley
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This is a nice somewhat urban trail with lots of side trails going off into suburban neighborhoods

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Jeff Warnke
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Chas Fuller
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Jessica Frazier
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Satish Acharya
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Beautiful trail

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Victoria Wadsworth
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Donna S
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Beautiful cool day (50 degrees), not many people, great trail and scenery!

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Reuma Oliveira
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Jeff Warnke
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last days of summer at 90 degrees and fall this weekend started.got good workout in.not many people at all.

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Victoria Wadsworth
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Jeff Warnke
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last days of summer.perfect cardio ride

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Cody Bickers
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Jeff Warnke
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almost last days of summer.not very many people and fix bike so all is new.nice cardio ride

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Victoria Wadsworth
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Great trail with winding river and LOTS of wildlife and flowers. You can stay on the main paved trail or take a multitude of side paths. It's quite the hike with open sky so bring your water and slather the sunscreen

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Jeff Warnke
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weekend so alot more people which is nice but don't know the rules of the road.almost of few run it's

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Jeff Warnke
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hit the trails before the storm.nore people out.some ass hxxxs on trail.left right dah

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