Denver Orbital Trail (DOT)

  • Meet DOT, the Denver Orbital Trail. DOT is a 177-mile circuit around Denver, Colorado. It is the brainchild of Michael Tormey, who deserves all the credit for its creation. This page is merely dedicated to the progress my wife, Beth, and I are making following his route as we walk bike, and hike the segments over the next several months.
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Map Created using onX BackCountry.

The map above shows our progress on the Denver Orbital Trail, marked in red. The incomplete segments, shown in alternating black and brown, are the areas we’re currently working on. We’re strategically cycling on some of the longer paved sections to cover more ground faster. We believe this approach will help us fill up more segments in the near future. But it is not a race for us. It’s about learning about lesser-known areas, spending time together, and taking pictures. Lots of them!
 

Mike drew inspiration from other efforts from around the world. Such as:

The Denver Orbital Trail is a unique route divided into 28 segments of varying difficulty. Visit the official DOT website for comprehensive trail details and frequently asked questions. Mike generously provides maps and GPX files for free download and covers ways to tackle the segments, including public transportation options to many segments. He also shares direct links to the trails with step-by-step navigation on AllTrails. However, we’ve encountered some access issues, so after speaking to Mike, I put the tracks into other popular formats.

onX Users can get the routes here.

Gaia GPS users can get the routes here.

Google Maps users can get the official DOT routes here. Scroll down to see Mike’s Interactive Google Sheet. Click on each segment to learn more. 

I created a Google Sheet to group segments that can be conveniently done in a single outing. I’ve also tagged them for possible bicycle routes. Where permitted, experienced mountain bikers could ride nearly all of the trail. We are breaking our route up. Mostly riding pavement, hiking, walking, and everything else. You can see our progress below. You can download your own copy of the planning sheet here. (You cannot edit this version. But you can download a copy that you can modify for your needs.)

Denver Orbital Trail: Segment Planning

Click on the Image Below to View our Live Tracker with route updates and notes.

Relive Videos of Completed Segments

Segment 1
Downtown Golden, Lookout Mountain and Apex Park

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Segment 2
Red Rocks ParK

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Segment 3
Downtown Morrison and Bear Creek Lake Park

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Segment 4:
Bear Creek Lake Park and C-470 trail

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Segment 5: South Hogback Open Space, South Valley Park, and Deer Creek Canyon Park

Segment 6
Plymouth Mountain, Hildebrand Ranch Park, and Chatfield State Park

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Segment 7
Chatfield State Park

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Segment 8
Douglas County Open Space

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Segment 9
Highlands Point and Big Dry Creek Trail

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Segment 10
Bluffs Regional Park

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Segment 13
Cherry Creek Trail to Cherry Creek State Park

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Segment 14
Cherry Creek Spillway, Horseshoe Park and Toll Gate Creek Regional Trail

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Segment 15
Toll Gate Creek Regional Trail to High Line Canal

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Segment 16
High Line Canal, Morrison Nature Center, and Sand Creek Trail

Segment 17
High Line Canal to First Creek Trail

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Segment 18
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

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Segment 19
Northfield Greenways and neighborhood parks

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Segment 20
Sand Creek to Platte River

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Segment 21
Platte River Trail to Riverdale Regional Park

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Segment 22
Horizon Tributary Trail to Lee Lateral Ditch and Signal Ditch Trails

Coming Soon!

Segment 23
Signal Ditch Trail, Hunters Glen Lake, and Big Dry Creek Trail

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Segment 24
Big Dry Creek Trail: Front Range Community College to Wadsworth Parkway

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Segment 25
Big Dry Creek to Standley Lake

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Segment 26
Farmers & Croke Canals Trail through Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge

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Segment 27
Majestic View Park, Ralston Creek Trail, and Blunn Reservoir

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Segment 28
Fairmont Canal Trail to North Table Mountain, Tucker Gulch to Downtown Golden

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Interactive Denver Orbital Trail

Click on any colored segment above to learn more. For more information, visit Mike Tormey’s official DOT website.

I did not create the Denver Orbital Trail. All credit goes to Mike Tormey. I hope you enjoy following our journey. But please visit Mike’s site and say thank you if you enjoy any of these resources. 

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