Trail Detours

Overview

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.

Find more information about current detours on various trails in the following sections:

Bear Creek Trail 


Bear Creek Greenbelt

Trail Detour Update: April 2022

Construction of the Bear Creek Trail improvements will begin the week of April 18, starting with mobilization and staging for Phase 1, which includes concrete work and parallel trail development, between the Sister's City Trail (east of S. Estes St.) and S. Wadsworth Blvd. 

Trail closures within the work area include the Bear Creek Trail, the Stone House Trail and the dirt two-track trail that begins at the Wadsworth Blvd. Trailhead. For your safety, please respect the trail closures. 

The concreate path from the Wadsworth Blvd. Trailhead to the bridge over Bear Creek will remain open for access to the Bear Creek Greenbelt north of the creek. 

View the Bear Creek Trail Site Plan.

View the Bear Creek Trail Phase 1 Plan.


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 Connecting Auraria project. Trail users will be detoured to 14th Street, Market Street, and the south side of the trail during this time.

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)

Learn more about this project.


Additional Cherry Creek Trail information


Hampden Heights Trail

Akron St. - Hampden Heights Park

Denver Parks & Recreation is starting a paving project to replace the existing asphalt trail with a 10-foot concrete trail at Hampden Heights. This long anticipated improvement will begin construction from Akron Street to Hampden Heights Park starting August 25, 2022 through the beginning of September. Please follow detours posted.  More details and detours to be shared as the project progresses. To report an issue or additional information contact 311 or 720-913-1311.

Download the detour map(PDF, 3MB)

Tulare - Verbena Ct.

Denver Parks & Recreation is starting a paving project to replace the existing asphalt trail with a 10-foot concrete trail at Hampden Heights. This long anticipated improvement will begin construction at 8000 E Eastman Ave/S Ulster St near Holm Elementary School on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 through August.  Trail closure also include S. Uinta Ct. Please follow detours posted.  Remaining trail improvements and detours at Hampden Heights will extend past Wilding Ct and include a section between S Akron Street to E Eastman Ave/Hampden Heights Park.

Download the detour map(PDF, 3MB)


High Line Canal

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


Sand Creek Greenway

Havana St. Bridge

Beginning Nov. 3, 2022

Underpass lighting and bridge repairs will cause the trail to be closed over for approx. 3 weeks under Havana St. A detour will route trail users to the signal to cross Havana.

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)


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:   


9th to 11th Avenue

Week of November 2, 2022

A detour will be in place between 9th and 11th Ave from October 17th to October 26th for utility work related to the Sun Valley DHA redevelopment. Trail users can expect several similar detours over the next four months as several new utility lines are being built to support the future developments and all cross the trail.

Download the detour map(PDF, 190KB)


19th Street Confluence Park

October 2022

The South Platte River Trail is closed under 19th street due to damage and emergency repairs needed. Please follow posted detours and use extra caution in the area.

Download the detour map(PDF, 2MB)


Johnson Habitat Park to W. Mississippi Ave.

January 2022 - Fall 2023

The failing retaining wall at Mississippi Ave. will be replaced, along with upgrades made to the trail in this area. Trail users will be detoured to S. Jason Street. 

Project Timeline:

  • Winter 2022: Design complete
  • Spring-Fall 2023: Construction

Download the before & after rendering(PDF, 1MB)

Download the detour map  

Wagon Creek Trail

Southwest Recreation Center | Oct. 13 - Dec. 2022

Denver Parks and Recreation will replace the existing asphalt with a new 10-foot wide concrete trail between S. Field Way and the ballfield near Southwest Recreation Center. Construction crews will be active during the day with the work area fenced off. Please stay out of the construction zone until all fencing and equipment is removed. A bicycle and pedestrian detour route will be signed for the duration of the project.

Download the detour map(PDF, 3MB)


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)