Trail Construction Update: August 2023


The Great Western Trail is now open for its entire 10.5 mile length from Windsor through Severance to Eaton. Please be considerate of neighboring property owners, and stay on the trail.

Old photograph of a Great Western Trail locomotive

The Great Western Trail is a wide unpaved trail located in rural Weld County in Northern Colorado. The trail connects to the Windsor Trail system on the northeast edge of the Town of Windsor, traveling north about 3 miles to the center of the Town of Severance. From Severance, the trail curves east, and runs through open agricultural lands 7.5 miles to Cheyenne Avenue in the Town of Eaton.

The Great Western Trail is a mixed-use recreation trail that utilizes the abandoned rail bed of the Great Western Railroad. The trail helps to preserve this historic right-of-way through the “railbanking” provisions of the federal National Trails System Act.

The trail has a gentle grade, is quite wide, and is surfaced with a soft crusher fines aggregate. It offers spectacular views of the adjacent farmland and the mountains on the western horizon. The Great Western Trail is part of Northern Colorado’s growing regional trail system.

Click here for a map of the trail.


The tracks for the Great Western Railroad were laid in the early 1900’s to service the booming sugar beet industry in the Northern Colorado area. These rail lines crossed through Weld County, Larimer County and Boulder County.

Read more about the history of the Great Western Railroad…


The Great Western Trail provides a recreational opportunity for the three communities as well as access for the local schools.  It creates a corridor to connect the three communities and connects to the Town of Windsor Recreational Trail System to the west. The trail can be used to reach Windsor Lake and via on-street bike lanes to connect with the Poudre River Trail.

Find out more about the Great Western Trail Authority…

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Great Western Trail Foundation

Your tax-deductible contribution to the Great Western Trail Foundation helps fund construction of the trail by providing the local matching funds required by our grants.

Find out more about the Foundation…