Trail Detours


Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is continuously working to improve the city's 100+ mile trail network. Construction and maintenance impacts to trails may cause temporary closures. DPR is committed to minimizing impacts to trail users by providing the safest detour routes available for the shortest duration possible. Please be aware that unforeseen conditions due to weather or other unexpected events may require immediate closures that are not noted on this page. Use extra caution on detour routes and be prepared to plan alternate routes if necessary. 

View the full detour map

Learn more about trail detours and projects in the following sections:

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Greenbelt

Trail Detour Update: April 2022

Learn about the City of Lakewood's Bear Creek Trail improvements project.

Cherry Creek Trail

Larimer - Wynkoop St.

December 2022 - June 2023

The Cherry Creek Trail will be closed for approx. 4-6 months while the Larimer Street bridge is reconstructed, along with other streetscaping enhancements as part of the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure's Connecting Auraria project. Trail users will be routed to the south side of the trail at the Downtown Playground and Creekfront Park via Wynkoop, Market, and 14th Streets.

Vehicle and other pedestrian detours will also be in place; everyone in the area should plan for extra travel time. Find more details on the project webpage and digital flyer.(PDF, 5MB)

Download the trail detour map(PDF, 2MB)

Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

City Park - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

A section of path in the southeast corner of the park is closed while construction is underway on the Nature Play project. Paths on the north and south side of the closure remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. 

Download the detour map(PDF, 12MB)

First Creek Trail

First Creek Trail Detour

April 2023 – December 2023

See map for a trail detour affecting the First Creek Trail, starting at the eastern edge of First Creek Park. The detour is expected to be in place through the end of 2023. This is due to a project with the City of Aurora and the Aurora Interceptor Project. 

Download the detour map(PDF, 3MB)

Harvard Gulch Trail

DeBoer Park

Starting the week of June 26, the bridge connecting the Harvard Gulch Trail in DeBoer Park will be closed, and users will need to follow the posted detour. This closure is due to a recent inspection of the bridge, where it was determined to have critical structural issues. The closure will be in place until the bridge is able to be fixed and safe for crossing. Trail users will be detoured around the south end of the park along Gaylord, Vassar Ave. and York St. 

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)

High Line Canal

No significant projects or detours within Denver along the High Line Canal at this time.  

South Platte River Trail

Various long and short-term infrastructure projects will soon be implemented and require detours along the South Platte River Trail in the coming months and years:   

11th Ave. - Weir Gulch Marina Park

August 14 - Sept. 1, 2023

Trail users will be detoured to 9th Avenue, N. Decatur St. and 11th Avenue. 

Alameda Bridge

April 2023 - Spring 2024:

As part of the CDOT I-25 & Alameda Bridge Replacement project, the South Platte River Trail is closed at the Alameda underpass. Trail users are being detoured to S. Lipan St. between Alameda and Cedar Avenue. 

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)  

Johnson Habitat Park to W. Mississippi Ave.

Spring 2023 Update:

Unexpected soil conditions were recently discovered, requiring a significant change in the design of the retaining wall. In addition, floodplain management processes done in collaboration with FEMA are taking longer than anticipated. Due to these issues, construction is now scheduled to begin no earlier than spring 2024, with the most significant work starting fall 2024.

Because of these delays, the South Platte River Trail will re-open temporarily in this area until construction can begin. Jersey barriers will be pinned to the existing trail to support the retaining wall and new asphalt will widen the trail by 2-3 feet. Safety fencing will be installed where needed. These temporary modifications should be in place by late May and the trail will remain open until construction begins in 2024. Thanks for your patience and understanding!  

Learn more about this project.

Weir Gulch Trail

Beginning Sept. 2023: 

Weir Gulch Trail will be detoured to 2nd Avenue between Knox Ct. and Julian St. until further notice.

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)

Other Detours

Sloan's Lake Park Boardwalk

Sept. 2022 - Jan. 2023:

While the boardwalk is repaired and an art feature is installed, visitors to this area of Sloan's Lake Park will be detoured away from the water along W. Byron Place. 

Download the detour map(PDF, 1MB)