High Plains Trail

The final trail connection between the High Plains Trail and the bridge will run through Prairie Point, a planned Oakwood Homes residential community located within the City of Aurora and the Kings Point South development. Once all approvals and rights of way have been secured by Aurora, Arapahoe County will lead the final construction portion of the project.  For more information about the Phase Two timeline, please contact the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space department at 303.739.7160 or parks@auroragov.org.

Location

15601 S Parker Rd 

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Highlights

  • Trail Surface: Concrete
  • Users: Cyclists (including E-Bikes), Pedestrians (including dogs on-leash), Equestrians
  • Runs E/W then N/S along Arapahoe County border, then W of E470

Proposed Parker Road Overpass

A new regional trail, the High Plains Trail, is in the works to the north of Parker along the E-470 corridor. This future trail is part of the recent E-470 Widening Project. The E-470 Authority designed, funded and constructed the regional trail from Quincy Avenue to approximately the county line between Arapahoe and Douglas Counties during the road widening project. This trail is planned to ultimately continue to the north adjacent to E-470 as their widening projects continue in the future.

The trail is planned to continue due west, separating from the E-470 corridor and crossing through the future Kings Point development in Aurora, including a grade separated overcrossing of Parker Road. Once the trail crosses over Parker Road, it will connect with the existing Cherry Creek Trail, where trail users can head north on the Cherry Creek Trail or head south and connect with the existing Centennial Trail (aka E-470 Trail) within Parker to continue west. This alignment will ultimately provide a much safer crossing of Parker Road than an at-grade crossing near Cottonwood Drive to the south.

High Plains Trail Phase Two Location Map (PDF)        

Regional Partnerships

Funding for the design and construction of the phase two project is a joint effort between Arapahoe County, City of Aurora, City of Centennial, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Douglas County, E-470 Public Highway Authority, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the Town of Parker.

Project Timeline and Construction

The partner’s group is working diligently on coordinating this complicated multi-jurisdictional trail project and making good progress. We anticipate the following construction timeline.

 The phase two trail project is divided into two trail segments. 

  • Segment 1- From the Cherry Creek Trail to the east side of Parker Road (Construction is complete.)
  • Segment 2- From the east side of Parker Road to the end of the existing High Plains Trail at the Douglas County and Arapahoe County line. (Construction is anticipated for the summer of 2023, with timing dependent on the development of the Kings Point property in the City of Aurora.)