Primary Trails

Additional Trails

There are three primary east-west trails that run through Arvada. Primary trails in the City of Arvada generally follow creek or canal corridors and span longer distances. Visit the local trails page or regional trails page for more trail information. 

Please Note: Equestrian use (horses) is permitted on local trails noted where signs indicate approved equestrian use.

Little Dry Creek Trail

Little Dry Creek TrailThis regional trail stretches through rolling park and open space lands from Sheridan Boulevard west to Indiana Street. Far from dry, the creek supports many wetland areas with an abundance of wildlife at points along the trail. This trail is paved, making it accessible for bikers, walkers and skaters through northern Arvada. Dogs are allowed on leash.

The best views are said to be found through Woodrun, Michael Northey, and Little Dry Creek Parks where you can enjoy picnic and play areas in these parks. The trail also runs through MacArthur and Lakecrest Parks. 

Parking can also be found at Thompson Elementary School on the Arvada/Westminster border at Harlan Street and 78th Place.

This trail is open year-round. Distance: 6.0 miles

Ralston Creek Trail

Ralston Creek TrailIn 1850, the Colorado Gold Rush began on the banks of Ralston Creek. Today, Arvada's longest and most complete public trail follows the meandering creek, linking several City parks and open space areas.

Along the way, you'll find many features that highlight Arvada's natural heritage: a rich variety of plant life, lakes and ponds, preserved wildlife habitats, bird sanctuaries, and historic sites. 

Head west on the trail from the iconic 400-foot suspended cable bridge in Gold Strike Park known as Spar Bridge at the confluence of Ralston Creek and Clear Creek

The Ralston Creek Trail ties together numerous parks, open space, picnic and play areas including Creekside, Memorial, Ralston Central, Ralston Cove, Oak, Davis, Lang, Danny Kendrick, Gibbs West, Ralston Valley, and Maple Valley. The west end of the trill includes hills as it passes scenic Tucker Lake and terminates with spectacular views of the Denver skyline at Arvada Blunn Reservoir. Distance: 12.5 miles.

Equestrians permitted west of Eldridge Street to SH. 93, and east of Pierce Street to Clear Creek only.

Van Bibber Creek Trail

Van Bibber Creek TrailThis trail within a peaceful stream corridor, named for Isaac Van Bibber who settled a farm near the creek in 1859, winds through beautiful open space areas that offer a "back to nature" experience close to home. Creekside woodlands and meadows harbor many species of birds and other wildlife, particularly between Ward Road and Indiana Street.

Equestrians permitted from Ward Road to Indiana Street. Distance: 2.5 miles east of Indiana Street, 1 mile west of Easley Road.

Activity Station / Rest Stop

An activity station / rest stop has been added to an area just west of the new Kipling Underpass along Van Bibber Creek Trail. Funded in part with a Jefferson County Open Space grant, a shaded picnic area and series of fitness equipment offer added recreation to one of Arvada's premiere Regional Trails. Take in views of the Harold D Lutz Baseball Fields along with views of foothill and mountain vistas. Ride your bike or take a walk on Van Bibber Creek Trail to check out this new trail feature.

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