The best options for running in Aurora, a city of nearly 400,000 east of Denver, are a series of greenways, multi-use paths, and parks.
Sand Creek Regional Greenway. This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Mix of paved and soft surface. Runs through several parks. TRAIL MAP
Linear Park Run: Sand Creek Park, Central Park, GreenWay Park. This is basically a series of several parks in Aurora connected by a good network of multi-use trails and paths. It’s a lovely green oasis! We’ve put together a route of up to 6.5 miles one-way, starting in Sand Creek Park, then a section along Bluff Lake, ~2 mile loop of Central Park (which has a good hill!), and then continuing into Westerly Creek Park, GreenWay Park, and Fred Thomas Park. A section of the Sand Creek Greenway/Colorado Front Range trails are part of this route, and there are other trails/multi-use paths in the parks. ROUTE MAP
High Line Canal Trail. A section of this 71-mile multi-use trail runs through Aurora. There are nice prairie views, though not much of the way in water views along a mostly dry canal in this area. We’ve mapped 11 miles between Expo Park and a trailhead off E 14th Dr. just south of E Colfax Ave. Part of the High Line overlaps with the Colorado Front Range multi-use trail. TRAIL MAP ROUTE MAP