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Old 01-04-2009, 08:47 PM
 
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On the West side of I-76 between (primarily) 74th Ave and 84th Ave thereare lots of lakes which I assume are associated with the South Platte River. There is a park called Trailhead Park off of 84th Ave which apparently givesaccess to this area. What is this area? Is it recreational or industrial?Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:59 PM
 
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On the West side of I-76 between (primarily) 74th Ave and 84th Ave thereare lots of lakes which I assume are associated with the South Platte River. There is a park called Trailhead Park off of 84th Ave which apparently givesaccess to this area. What is this area? Is it recreational or industrial?Thanks.

Trailhead Park is part of THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER
GREENWAY TRAIL which, in this area, is maintained by Adams County.

It is located at 88th just past Colorado Blvd. There is a parking lot for the trailhead. The area around is not industrial as other areas; it is mostly open space around these flood retention reservoirs and old quarries along the Platte. There is much wildlife along this part of the Platte. Many years ago, I traveled up this area on a bike, from the Clear Creek Trail, which is near my house and intersects with the Platte, just south.

You do go through some industrial areas and you can take the trail south to Chatfield Dam, and north--I have no idea; new trails are added all the time--it just keeps going. I have driven many times up to Adams County Regional Park, that is just north, and as you can see on the Adams County Map that there is plenty of open space trails. I think it is amazing how much open space is around Denver and how it all interconnects, you can be on these trails for miles.

You can get information about these trails on the Thornton Park Map

http://www.cityofthornton.net/park/Adobe/TrailMapUsersWeb.pdf (broken link)

In addition you can see how the trails connect within the Adams County Park and Open Space System

http://www.co.adams.co.us/documents/page/parks_trails_os_map.pdf (broken link)

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Old 01-05-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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ok thanks, so these lakes are flood retention ponds and quarries, that's mostly what I was wondering about. I didn't know if they were natural lakes or what they were.Thanks for the additional info about bike riding and trails that go through this area.
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