Marston–Drink a Glass

If you ever wondered where your Denver glass of tap water comes from, you need to walk in Marston. Way out on the west side, when you think you’ve reached Lakewood, is Marston. The backwards-shaped C neighborhood includes Lake Marston–a fancy name for the Marston Reservoir, home to Denver’s drinking water. Piped in 12 miles from Waterton Canyon, Marston Reservoir holds 250 million gallons of water diverted from the Platte River.

Heart of Suburbia

If you were looking for suburbia on the way to Marston, you’ll find it in the Marston neighborhood. Roughly bordered by Quincy, Bowles, Kipling and Sheridan with a big chunk in the middle pulled out, Marston neighborhood homes every conservative big box store you can think of and the aforementioned Marston Lake. Sandwiched in between are high-density condos, apartments and cul-de-sac laced neighborhoods of 80-90’s homes.

What Marston has going for it is a variety of good trails. You’ll have to be creative in looping them together, but the Wagon Creek Trail, running along Bowles Lateral, provides a welcome getaway from the suburban streetscapes.

The Route:

Start at 9470 W Tufts Ave. Head southerly along the Wagon Creek Trail through the Garrison and Union Park. The trail will T, take it to the left and continue following it around past the rec center and open space. You’ll go behind some condos/apartments, and end at S Field Way.

Take a left, then a left on W Belleview Ave. At the entrance into Cottonwood Creek Apartments, take a left and follow the sidewalk in the complex along the parking lot northerly. At S Dudley Street, take a left and the street will turn into Balsam Way.

You’ll be walking on the sidewalk. Cross the street and take a right on W Layton Ave, crossing S Wadsworth Blvd. You’ll walk into a condo development, and take a left on S Ammons St which is also W Layton Ave. You’ll be walking northeasterly and then easterly.

Layton will end at Marston Lake. There is a small footpath you can take to get closer to the water’s edge to take a look at the reservoir. After viewing it, return back to Layton and turn right, going north on S Wadsworth St.

Walk north, paralleling the reservoir and take a left on W Stanford Way. Cross S Balsam Way, then turn right on the trail a short distance down on the right. On a google map, this trail is called W Stanford¬† Ave, but it’s actually a trail that runs along a concrete ditch.

The trail will dead end at the cul-de-sac of the paved W Stanford Way. Continue to S Endicott Ct, take a left.

Take a left at W Stetson Pl, then a left on S Garrison St. Take a right at the park, returning you back to your start.

Click here to see the route, map, and turn by turn directions.