Native American art surprises along Cherry Creek

Art along the Cherry Creek Trailin Denver, Colorado. Photo/Stan Bindell

Art along the Cherry Creek Trailin Denver, Colorado. Photo/Stan Bindell

DENVER, Colo. - Most major cities have great hiking trails, but most of those trails don't include Native American art.

Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a ten-minute walk from the heart of downtown Denver. It's called Cherry Creek, but it's as wide as some rivers with hiking and biking trails on each side of it.

The creek creates a greenway with gushing waters for hikers, bikers, joggers and walkers to enjoy as well as those walking their dogs while they listen to their iPods.

Cherry Creek Trail is a 40-mile route that hooks into suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The vast majority of the trail has an eight foot wide concrete surface. You can find this description on the Internet, but most Internet sites don't tell you about the Native American art.

About a mile into my trek, I came upon the Native American art and did a double take. Some thought the artwork resembled modern Hopi art.

Further down the trail came a mural of an Native American man holding a blanket. There were several murals throughout the trail and most of it wasn't Native American, but seeing the Native American art along the trail made it feel like I was still in some way on the reservation.

One website describes the murals as from locals and Brazilians, but without specific descriptions. We'll leave it to the readers to decide what they think of it and the thought of what culture created it.

Cherry Creek Trail continues with stops at the Cherry Creek Shopping District and several parks, including Cherry Creek State Park.

Geese, robins and other birds keep hikers entertained.

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