2021 Denver-Thornton Urban Water Cycle Tour

Learn-Cycle-Share (Virtually!)

Join in for the 10th year and ride the Urban Water Cycle Bike tour from Globeville Landing to Thornton this summer!

In 2021, we invite you to experience the South Platte River up close and on your schedule by walking, riding, or wheeling portions of this year’s self-guided tour. But, don’t stop there.  You can learn directly about this vital waterway from the experts in a virtual tour of each stop that you pass. Start by registering for the tour.  Then, watch a video of the tour route and speakers. Then, spend the day riding from Globeville Landing Park and continue north along the South Platte River to 88th Avenue at Thornton’s Wes Brown Water Treatment Plant.  The tour is open to the public and free. If the pandemic is under control, we’ll be having an in-person event on Tuesday August 31st.

We plan to have speakers talk about all the exciting work being done to renovate the river and the area around it. Topics include the Denver Story, the National Western Complex, Colorado State University’s new SPUR complex, instream restoration, stormwater issues, wastewater recycling and drinking water issues.

We thank our sponsors at CDPHE, our co-host the Barr Lake Milton Reservoir Watershed Association, and our partners the Colorado Stormwater Council for making this tour possible. Stay tuned and look forward to another fun and educational day along the river!

Watch the Tour:

Video coming June 22.

By watching the virtual tour, you will learn how reclaiming waterways controls floodwaters, improves water quality, allows more people in our community to experience our local water resources, and allows nature to move back in. You can explore the route at your own pace by either watching the video before you go or downloading the video and the route map (check back on June 22) to your smartphone or tablet, taking it with you on your bike and watching the video at each stop. We highly encourage you to get out on your bike and connect to your water.

Tour Route:

Check back for a route map.

Beginning (Stop 1) – Globeville Landing Park
  • Jocelyn Hittle, Colorado State University – SPUR Campus
  • Brad Buchanan, National Western Center
  • Jeff Shoemaker, Greenway Foundation – the Denver Story
Stop 2 – Burlington Canal Headgate
  • Connor Fishback and Keller Smith – FRICO (Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company) – how water rights work
  • Steve Lundt, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District – water quality
Stop 3 – Metro Wastewater
  • Isaac Avila, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District – water recycling program
Stop 4 – South Platte & Clear Creek Confluence
  • Jordan Parman, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District – instream improvements
  • Juliana Archuleta – Colorado Stormwater Council – stormwater controls
End – Wes Brown Water Treatment Plant
  • James Boswell, Thornton – water treatment



Download a map (check back on June 22) to take it with you while you ride. You can also find a more detailed route map (check back on June 22).

We recommend a helmet, sunscreen and water. This year we are offering prizes to everyone who finishes the tour and completes a tour evaluation survey. For more information on the tour email amy.conklin@comcast.net.

With support from tour sponsors:

…and tour partners:

Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO)