What to Know before you Go:
Silverthorne’s Blue River Trail is 3.5 miles of hard surface paved trail that meanders through the Town of Silverthorne as it follows the famed Blue River. The Blue River Trail is a relatively flat, family friendly route, so please expect to encounter bikers, pedestrians, dog walkers and families along this popular trail.
The Blue River Trail can be accessed from various points throughout the trail. North Pond Park, Willow Grove Open Space, Town Hall and the Outlets/Softball fields are all accessible parking areas for the trail. Please click here to view a printable trail map.
Starting from the North end of Silverthorne at the North Pond Park parking area, riders will head south, down the sidewalk towards the Ponds subdivision. To the right, riders will be greeted by a way finding sign directing south, shortly followed by another sign indicating that a bike pat is 300 feet away. This trail, aptly named the Blue River Trail, curves gently away from the highway, providing an easy, paved ride along the shores of the Blue River. The path cruises along the left of the Blue River with relatively flat terrain for a short distance and crossing a boardwalk. The well marked trail will signal downward, underneath the Bald Eagle Bridge, directly beside the river. During the spring high run off this area can be flood, requiring the need to cut up and over the road. Once crossing under the bridge, dense willows provide the cover of shade along the path until the path lands in the Blue River Run subdivision. Follow the way finding signs to a residential roadway, Blue River Circle, which reveals impressive views of Buffalo, Red, and the Gore Range. The stretch of trail on Blue River Circle spans for approximately .3 miles, passing green bicycle signs pointing south. Before riders reach Highway 9, green bicycle will direct riders left, back towards the river, and over the beautiful Tammy Jamieson Memorial Bridge. Riders will exit off the bridge into the Willow Grove parking lot (another parking option and access point for the trail). Here, the trail turns right and continues along the banks of the Blue River on pavement and a series of elevated wooden bridges. Just before crossing 6th St. the trail passes the Silverthorne Public Library and the Town Hall on the left. The bike path then leads through a wooded area with the Riverside Lodge located on left and the Pavilion just across the river on the right, the Outlets at Silverthorne just ahead. With the Chipotle restaurant on the left, riders will go under Highway 9, still alongside the river, behind the Outlets. This point of the Blue River Trail is the most challenging, with switchbacks climbing 125 ft to the Dam Road.