Parker, Colorado is a nature lover’s paradise. For those that enjoy the outdoors, there are many activities to choose from in Parker, including over 200 acres of developed parkland and 700 acres of open space land. In order to provide bicycle riders, walkers, joggers and equestrians with safe and enjoyable routes, Parker maintains 20+ miles of concrete paved, multi-use trails throughout the Town.
Below is a list and highlights of some of the best recreational trails in Parker. Get out and enjoy the wonderful amenities Parker has to offer!
Baldwin Gulch Trail
Baldwin Gulch Trail follows an intermittent waterway of the same name for approximately 1.25 miles from Lincoln Avenue (between Parker Road and Pine Drive) to its current endpoint at Twenty Mile Road. An underpass allows trail users to safely cross beneath Parker Road at E. Ponderosa Drive. Baldwin Gulch Trail will eventually connect to the Cherry Creek Trail near the east side of the Challenger Park Estates subdivision. A pedestrian bridge was built as part of the Pine Lane extension in 2007. There is trailhead parking along the trail at Twenty Mile Road.
Cherry Creek Trail
This trail, which is approximately eight miles long, is the most significant trail resource in the Town, and it extends from the Norton Farms Open Space in the north to Stroh Ranch Park in the south. Cherry Creek Trail includes a 10-foot wide concrete pedestrian / bicycle path and an adjacent unpaved equestrian trail. Trailheads with parking, restrooms and picnic areas are located along the Cherry Creek Trail at McCabe Meadows Park, Bar CCC Park and Cottonwood Community Park. Over the next several years, this trail will be extended to Cherry Creek State Park to the north and to Castlewood Canyon State Park to the South.
Newlin Gulch Trail
Newlin Gulch connects the commercial development at Lincoln Avenue and Jordan Road to the Cherry Creek Trail. Pick up the trail behind the Stonegate King Soopers store along Recreation Drive and connect to the Cherry Creek Trail behind the Parker Recreation Center. An underpass under Lincoln Avenue was developed in 2007-2008. This cooperative project with Douglas County connected Newlin Gulch Trail to the County’s underpass at Jordan Road and to the neighborhood trails within Stonegate.
Preservation Park & Trailhead
Preservation Park and Trailhead is the northern gateway into Parker and Douglas County. The Town is continuing to move forward with improvements to the trailhead, which is located at the northwest corner of Parker Road and Valley Hi Drive just north of the Cottonwood community. The trailhead was completed in 2010 and includes enhanced vehicular access from Parker Road plus parking for cars and school buses. A concrete trail connect from the trailhead to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail was completed in late 2011. Preservation Park, located just north of the trailhead, serves as an interpretive and educational resource devoted to local history and includes both historic structures and artifacts. Two structures were recently relocated to the site and subsequently restored.
Sulphur Gulch Trail
This trail, which is approximately four miles long, connects to the Cherry Creek Trail within Bar CCC Park and extends east with an undercrossing of Parker Road and continuing along the south side of Main Street through the Town. An 8-foot wide concrete path connects several Town parks such as Bar CCC, O'Brien Park, and Town Hall. Several community and Town trails are accessible from the Sulphur Gulch Trail including Tallman Gulch Trail, located within the Rowley Downs Subdivision, and various trails located within the Canterberry Crossing community.
Tallman Gulch Trail
Tallman Gulch Trail extends from the Idyllwilde community in the southeast corner of Town, and from there it passes north past Iron Horse Elementary School where it connects to the Sulphur Gulch Trail at Stonehenge Way in the Rowley Downs subdivision. While the majority of Tallman Gulch Trail is an eight-foot wide concrete path, there are several sections, which are dirt or other non-paved surfaces. An interconnected network of dirt trails winds around a large open space area at the southeastern terminus of the trail. Tallman Gulch trail is approximately three miles long. Highlights of the trail include Tallman Meadow Park and the Slemmer Barn historic site, both of which offer parking and picnic facilities.
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