This is the first leg of the East/West Regional Trail that will connect Chatfield State Park with the Town of Parker. The trail winds through grasslands and oak bluffs including a thousand of acres of the Open Space Conservation Area.
Trail Rating: Moderately easy, varied terrain with some climbing for short distances, moderate hills. The elevation change is approximately 200
Trail Length: Approximately 19.5 miles from Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch to RidgeGate Parkway (future connections to the City of Lone Tree and Town of Parker)
Trail Surface: Soft surface
Uses: Multi-use: bicyclists, dogs on-leash, equestrian users, hikers
Amenities: Restroom and picnic shelter at Grigs Trailhead and Bluffs Regional Park. Parking for 3 horse trailers at Bluffs Regional Park and 2 trailers at Grigs Trailhead, asphalt surface parking lot.
Location: Throughout Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Castle Pines
Contact: Douglas County Parks and Trails at 720-733-6990
Background information and facts:
- Construction of the East/West (E/W) Regional Trail through the west side of Lone Tree was made possible through the collaboration of the City of Lone Tree, Douglas County, Rampart Range Metro District, and RidgeGate.
- The project will include a trail connector between the Bluffs Park, Highpoint Council Circle, and Willow Creek Trail. A second trail connector will go from the East/West trail to RidgeGate Parkway and will open when construction in the area is complete. The entire portion from the Bluffs Park to RidgeGate Parkway/Interchange is approximately 3.1 miles, including the trail connector between the Bluffs Park, Highpoint Council Circle, and Willow Creek Trail.
- This crusher fines trails will be for multi-use, such as walking and running, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Crusher fines or soft surface trails provide a user-friendly, all-season surface for all types and ages of visitors.
- Douglas County funded all planning and design work of the trails and managed construction contract administration. Lone Tree financed the construction costs of the entire length of the trail with Douglas County reimbursing the City for a portion of the trail. The trail was constructed on easements from the Rampart Range Metro District.
- RidgeGate donated the land to Rampart Range Metro District for the construction of the trail.