Session Details

Runways to Bikeways: A Tour of the Stapleton Redevelopment

Explore the largest urban infill community in America--the former Stapleton Airport--by bike, and learn how it has developed over the past 20 years. Today Stapleton contains more than 10,000 residents, nearly 1,100 acres of public parks, and miles of connected trail systems. It has become one of the most desirable places to live in the region. This session will explore the evolution of the community and how the open space system has played a prominent role in the overall development.

Riders will explore the community on the continuous paved trails from south to north, learning about the history of the area and how the park system has played a role in the overall redevelopment. The tour will highlight how the open space design has emphasized a more natural prairie landscape rather than traditional park design in order to provide a more resilient landscape in Colorado’s climate. The tour will conclude with an optional happy hour at the Punch Bowl Social, located in the old Stapleton airport control tower, which is an iconic landmark of the Stapleton community.

Note: Participants of this tour must be at least 21 years old. Due to the duration of the tour and the territory covered, snacks will be provided. Please eat a meal before the tour. The reception at the Punch Bowl Social is optional. Transportation is provided for all. Drink responsibly as the effects of alcohol at higher elevations are more pronounced. Wear comfortable shoes for bike riding. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.