Explore the most popular river trails near Littleton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We started at Littleton and walked North towards Denver on a Saturday morning. While there is gravel next to pavement for the duration of the trail, this is heavily used by road bikers. Don’t expect great nature or scenic views but instead focus on the ease of walking. We had a stroller with us so no complaints from a family with a small child. These is extremely sparse shad so make sure to bring your hat and sunscreen.

road biking
2 days ago

Great trail for riding, walking, great connectivity to other Regional trails that are good for commuting and touring.

boring for a hike and people fishing have absolutely trashed the lake. very disappointing.

Decided to check this place out since it’s so close. We walked, I wouldn’t consider it hiking because it’s a gravel service road up to the dam. After about mile 3, the crowds thin out. Will definitely be back to bike. Views were pretty, saw herds of big horned sheep on the road and on the rocks above. Lots of people fly fishing.

fun as always.
as of today, there is no flowing water after the damn, it's dry

mountain biking
17 days ago

Good area for a nice ride. This isn’t for adrenaline junkies as you are riding on a road. That said, it’s not a bad spot for a quick ride and a little exercise.

very boring crowded trail. wouldn’t travel for this one

Trail closed and no signs as to why and for how long. What’s with the guys hanging out in their cars in the parking lot watching each other? Two hooked up while we were there. Creepy. Bathrooms are stinky. Trail next to main road, noisy. As you might gather, if you read this far, we were very disappointed with this place.

mountain biking
29 days ago

The sun really beats down on you and there isn’t a view that you are making a goal towards to see. But it is nice to be next to a river and also to sometimes see Big Horn Sheep.

The trail is poorly marked, especially on the west side.

trail running
1 month ago

More of a dirt road than a trail. Well packed but plenty of room for bikers and walkers/runners. Would recommend getting here early as it does start to become very popular around 8-9am. I got here about 7:15 and it was perfect!

Parking lot is back open

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail. Paved and gravel run parallel for most of the way! There are also places to jump off on trails that get you closer to the platte! Pretty flat and easy. To and fro is a nice distance to get in some marathon training too!

Easy hike.

it's never open anymore. we've gone there 3 times and they have locked the gates.

hiking
1 month ago

This was more of a walk than a hike. It’s a dirt road used by Denver Water. It was nice because the road is wide, but just not what we expected. The water, rock formations, mountains & wildlife are great. There’s very little shade though - almost none on the path itself. We clocked 13.91 miles from the parking lot to the big dam and back.

mountain biking
1 month ago

First time on the trail and really enjoyed the ride. Plenty of room for everyone, and covered areas along the way if needed. The surface is well maintained with only a few areas of loose gravel and I never saw a rut! The parking lot was packed (Saturday) by 11:30 but there was a stream of people leaving so you shouldn’t have to wait long.

The ride to the dam is very smooth and relaxing. The road is wide enough for two car, so it's easy to move around all the people traffic.

I recommend going the opposite way and going through the wetlands towards the State Park for a more adventurous time.

Best hike so far, we did the 10 mile loop, intense at times to get your heart rate up, then moderate level to catch the views!

hiking
2 months ago

More of a walk than a hike but I still loved it. Went a few weeks ago and it was drizzling so there were very few people on the trail. Went a couple miles and then turned around. So beautiful!

It was an awesome walking,

trail running
3 months ago

Perfect for trail running this time of year! No mud and lots of beautiful views! It’d be a little hot in June/July since there isn’t any coverage on the trail. The road/trail is very wide so it accommodates all the bikers, runners, and hikers (including strollers) just fine!

beautiful wide paved trail that follows the river (often on both sides). Signage is clear and frequent. It's crowded on weekends. Kiosks with bike tools, bathrooms, and water are frequent as are parks and pull-offs.

Perfect trail for running! I saw a baby rattlesnake and lots of bighorn sheep.

Pretty boring trail, not a lot of access to the water, lots of people, little shade. I did enjoy seeing the goats though.

hiking
3 months ago

Very flat hike. Good for beginners. You pretty much get the same view the whole way, but it's gorgeous! I only went about 3.5 miles in and turned around. Lots of traffic on a Sunday, but the trail is so wide hikers, bikers and runners can enjoy in harmony.

mountain biking
3 months ago

We went for a bike ride, it's a beautiful place, mountains, river, bighorn are some of the things you can enjoy on the walk, an easy way for the little ones.

Beware of crazy dog on leash! It will bite.

Now for the trails. Fantastic views. I’d say the best trail for running would hands down be red Mesa loop. Lots of dogs beware.

Great walk on an early spring day. Our dog enjoyed the outing too. We did a little over 4 miles round trip from Elati to Santa Fe. Trail follows a little stream. Lots of old growth cottonwoods. Plenty of separation from lovely houses. Bikers, walkers, joggers, dogs.

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