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Perimeter Trail

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 2.1 (14)

A flat, mostly-gravel loop with cool wildlife.


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22.2

Miles

35.6

KM

Doubletrack

5,333' 1,626 m

High

5,124' 1,562 m

Low

333' 101 m

Up

332' 101 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Mostly off-road trail riding with restrooms, animals, and no difficult climbs.

There is some construction but it is navigable on bicycle.

Description

There are several free parking options just before crossing into the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (no bicycling inside of the Refuge allowed). If going counter-clockwise grab a number of gravel trails heading to the west that ultimately turn you north onto a paved section abeam Quebec.

Keep right at the trail's fork near the Quebec/2 intersection, back on gravel for the majority of the ride. Expect some gentle slopes. The northern and eastern sides offer some wildlife-viewing potential. Once you're heading south, you'll eventually wind up on the unmaintained Buckley Road.

After returning right at the parking lot near Pena Blvd on 56th Ave, you'll want to work your way to the opposite side of the road. You'll have some time on a wide, dirt shoulder that will eventually disappear. On the "wrong direction of travel" if riding west, there's a broad paved sidewalk.

Take 56th Ave to Central Park Blvd and turn right. There's a bike lane here that will eventually vanish in the construction areas, but you'll be able to piece your way back to your vehicle, some on roadway, some on gravel.

Overall, a nice and easy loop that has good training value for gravel. Keep an eye out for birds of prey and large land mammals.

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Shared By:

Pete Sunden

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  2.1 from 14 votes

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Photos

Golden eagles perch in trees along the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Perimeter Trail.
Dec 16, 2016 near Derby, CO
The Denver cityscape stands in the distance along the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Perimeter Trail.
Dec 16, 2016 near Derby, CO
East side of the trail heading south. Easily traversable and quite enjoyable to dodge vegetation.
Jun 10, 2019 near Derby, CO
Looking back North from Buckley Road. You can see how overgrown the trail is becoming, as well as a good-sized Prairie Dog mound. They hide long before you approach their dens.
Jun 10, 2019 near Derby, CO
View East from Buckley Road.
Jun 10, 2019 near Derby, CO
Local resident sunning itself on the path.
Jun 10, 2019 near Commerc…, CO

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Jun 26, 2021
Jason Zimmermann
Flat gravel loop around the Arsenal. Seems like 1 stop on the south east corner you need to get onto the road (56th) to get back to the trail. 18.8mi
Apr 25, 2021
Mayra Haider
Oct 7, 2020
Eduardo Gonzalez
Oct 19, 2019
John Knox
Jan 15, 2019
Einer Arceo
Sep 25, 2018
Adrian Belinne
Sep 20, 2018
Erik Zsemlye
56th Street sucks! 20.8mi
Jun 9, 2018
Clif Williams