Seeing our great state from the wheels of a bicycle is both freeing and healthy and it’s also one of the most efficient and climate-friendly ways to travel! Fortunately for Independence Community residents, Elbert County offers plenty of bike trails for traversing this beautiful area. Here are a few to check out (including the distance from Independence) when the snow and ice have finally melted!
Hilltop Trails – 8 miles
Situated between Parker and Elizabeth, Colorado, Hilltop Trails offers a series of hiking and biking trails with sweeping views of the surrounding foothills and mountains. Gentle grades and easy terrain make this a great option to stretch your legs or treat out-of-town visitors to an approachable outdoor adventure!
Sulphur Gulch Trail – 10 miles
This four-and-a-half-miles trail that crosses under Parker Road connects Cherry Creek Trail with Bar CCC Park. The well-maintained concrete path makes biking a breeze, no matter the season. Head out on Sulphur Gulch Trail during a warm winter day to enjoy sights of the Rockies in the distance, or take a side trail to experience another part of the great outdoors.
Castlewood Canyon State Park – 15 miles
Trails range from one to four miles long at this quiet state park. Located nearby in Franktown, there are over a dozen different trails in Castlewood Canyon State Park to explore that are especially beautiful in the spring, thanks to the blooming wildflowers, budding trees, and cottonwood blossoms.
Chatfield State Park – 30 miles
A beautiful series of trails wind through Chatfield that are frequently enjoyed by hikers, joggers, horseback riders, and bikers. Leisurely pedal your way through natural areas and over small ponds of water on Chatfield’s pedestrian trails. With 10 miles of paved and 16 miles of unpaved terrain, this biking area offers plenty of adventure for even the most skilled bikers!
Bonus Trails: Cherry Creek State Park – 19 miles
Cherry Creek State Park is also well worth the short drive. Pop your bikes on the bike rack and spend a day tooling around the miles and miles of bike trails throughout this vast state park. The bike trails are well-maintained and boast plenty of other two-wheeled explorers year-round, in addition to parks, campsites and BBQs.
Living just outside of Denver’s hustle and bustle offers residents easier access to nature and the mountains. Independence Neighborhood is home to beautiful open space, biking and walking paths, and so much more. Contact us today to learn more about our community-focused neighborhood!