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City Park Loop



3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
100% Runnable


Ascent: 56' 17 m
Descent: -55' -17 m
High: 5,301' 1,616 m
Low: 5,255' 1,602 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)


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Trail shared by Liz Martin

An easy escape from the hustle and bustle of Denver's city limits.

Liz Martin

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City Park is located right in the heart of downtown. It's an awesome park to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Need to Know

Bring your camera because you never know what great views you'll see of downtown or what animals you'll see at the nearby Denver Zoo.

Runner Notes

There are lots of runners who live in the area and will staring running this loop at any point along the perimeter of the park, so there isn't a definite start or end point. This is a flat, easy run but still enjoyable with great views of downtown Denver and the mountains in the distance.


This run starts at the parking lot next to the tennis courts, so if you don't live in the area you can park in the parking lot and start there.

Run straight up the middle of the tennis courts. This short connecting trail will eventually dead end at the Mile High Loop where you'll have the option to turn left or right onto the sidewalk that parallels York Street. If you turn right first, you'll pass the zoo immediately, or you can take a left and run around City Park first. I enjoy turning left and running around City Park because running past the Zoo at the end of the run is always rewarding as you can sometimes hear the animals inside!

The trail is a mix of cement/sidewalks and dirt trails. If you don't want to run along 17th Street or Colorado Blvd., there are plenty of options to take a turn into the park and run along the sidewalks or the paved roads. Regardless of where you run, the views of downtown are really awesome, especially at sunset with the mountains in the background.

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View of downtown Denver.
Jan 2, 2016 near Denver, CO
City Park with a view of downtown Denver.
Feb 10, 2016 near Denver, CO
Small Iris blooming in the sun.
May 22, 2016 near Denver, CO
Newborn gorilla "Whimsie" in mother's arms.
May 22, 2016 near Denver, CO
Young Hesti the orangutan high up in a cottonwood tree.
May 22, 2016 near Denver, CO
A beautiful view of downtown Denver!
Dec 18, 2015 near Denver, CO


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