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Aurora Reservoir Perimeter Trail

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Trail

8.2 mile 13.3 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 139' 42 m
Descent: -139' -42 m
High: 5,963' 1,818 m
Low: 5,923' 1,805 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Neal H

This is an open, wide, flat, non-shaded multi-use path around Aurora Reservoir.

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Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Wildlife

Need to Know

There's a $10 daily entrance fee to drive into the reservoir, but there are walk-in entrance gates in the neighborhoods surrounding the reservoir. The reservoir also offers a swimming beach, fishing, boating (electric motors only), paddle boarding, scuba diving, and archery.

Runner Notes

The trail is 100% concrete with very little elevation change.

Description

From the picnic area at the reservoir, the trail snakes its way along and near the shoreline. The eastern side of the reservoir has a wide but distant view of the Front Range from Longs Peak to Mount Evans. The one-mile trip over the dam can be surprisingly windy. There's no shade along the trail so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Watch the skies as well because if a thunderstorm rolls through your only shelter will be a few vault toilets spread around the reservoir.

Flora & Fauna

Yucca, shortgrass prairie, cottonwood trees, raccoons, rabbits, various birds, mule deer, pronghorn, and snakes can all be found here.

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Land Manager: City of Aurora, CO

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Looking across Aurora Reservoir toward the snow-capped summits of the James Peaks Wilderness.
Oct 5, 2018 near Dove Va…, CO

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