Our Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway (SCRG) is a nearly 13-mile public trail and natural area located in the northeast metro area in Commerce City, Denver, and Aurora.

The trail begins at the Triple Creek Trailhead in Aurora then meanders along Sand Creek until the trail end at the Platte River confluence in Commerce City. Click here to download a trail map. 

Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership Mission Statement:

To promote curiosity, environmental awareness, and community health through stewardship and experiences with an urban greenspace that offers equitable access and connection to the diverse habitats, communities, places, and cities thriving along the Sand Creek Regional Greenway.

Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership Vision Statement:

A model urban greenway.

Trail Use

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from sunup to sundown. All non-motorized uses of the trail are welcome: bicycling, horseback riding, walking, running, and pets on leashes.

The trail is paved in Commerce City and Denver and soft surface/gravel in Aurora. We advise our bikers who ride the Aurora section of the trail to use mountain bikes (with thick tires) and to carry a flat tire repair kit at all times. 

Cars, motorcycles and other motorized vehicles are strictly prohibited on the trail. To report a motorized vehicle on the trail, please call (303) 468-3263. 

Greenway Rules

  • Share the trail and be courteous to others.
  • Yield to slower traffic, flowing traffic, and maintenance vehicles.
  • When stopping, move off the trail.
  • Stay to the right except when passing.
  • Clearly announce your approach when passing.
  • Keep pets on leashes and clean up after them.
  • Keep trail clean and free of litter.

The following are prohibited

  • Weapons of any sort, including paintball guns
  • Drugs and alcoholic beverages
  • Swimming
  • Tubing and/or Boating
  • Unauthorized motorized vehicles of any type
  • Glass bottles or containers


The Sand Creek Regional Greenway trail is a work in progress. We have ongoing construction, detours, and modifications to our trail, and we thank trail users for sticking with us through all these changes. With your patience and support, we will provide the best experience possible as we wind through our diverse environment that includes industrial areas, new development, mature neighborhoods, and natural habitat. To view current construction areas and trail detours, click here. 


Triple CreekThe Sand Creek Regional Greenway will be under construction over the coming years. Eventually, the trail will span 28 miles and connect the South Platte Greenway to the Aurora Reservoir.

When the Greenway is completed, it will include:

  • Two parallel trails: one gravel, one paved
  • Three signature parks: one each in Aurora, Commerce City, and Denver
  • Multiple trailheads to accommodate cars, horse trailers and horses
  • Neighborhood trail links to existing and new neighborhoods in each city
  • Amenities such as restrooms, water fountains, benches, shelters and picnic tables
  • Preserved and enhanced natural areas and wildlife habitats
  • Interpretive educational signs

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.


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