Getting You Out into Nature as Fast as Possible
Imagine being able to ride your bike all the way from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park without ever seeing a car? Imagine riding East, and away from the mountains, and still getting to enjoy the same natural pleasures as the hills to the West.
In 2012, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar began taking steps to develop a trail that would someday connect Denver area communities to the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains. They would call it the Rocky Mountain Greenway. But the initial vision for the trail was not just about connecting two points on a map; it was about connecting people to nature. The Rocky Mountain Greenway would work in concert with existing trail systems and provide new ways to access the natural recreation and resources of the Front Range. The trail would link the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, and ultimately Rocky Mountain National Park.
Initial funds for trail construction became available to local communities through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, aiming to provide transit and trail access to federal lands. Multiple cities, counties, and state and federal agencies have partnered to support the development of the Rocky Mountain Greenway.
In early 2016, construction began on the section of the Rocky Mountain Greenway connecting Arvada’s Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge with the Broomfield Great Western Open Space. Governor Hickenlooper and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined other federal, state and local officials on June 4, 2016, to celebrate the opening of this section of the trail in conjunction with National Trails Day. Now, the Rocky Mountain Greenway Steering Committee is focusing their efforts on the next section of trail, continuing west from the Broomfield Great Western Open Space, through the Rocky Flats National Refuge and north into Boulder.
When complete, the Rocky Mountain Greenway will form an 80-mile continuous trail, passing through more than 10 municipalities, six counties, and four federal land areas. Imagine that.