Big Dry Creek (Westminster, Colorado)

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Not to be confused with Big Dry Creek (Littleton, Colorado).
Big Dry Creek[1]
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The creek just north of West 120th Avenue.
Origin 39°52′03″N 105°13′49″W / 39.86750°N 105.23028°W / 39.86750; -105.23028
Mouth Confluence with the South Platte40°04′21″N 104°49′37″W / 40.07250°N 104.82694°W / 40.07250; -104.82694Coordinates: 40°04′21″N 104°49′37″W / 40.07250°N 104.82694°W / 40.07250; -104.82694
Progression South PlattePlatte
Mouth elevation 4,895 ft (1,492 m)
Basin area 110 sq mi (280 km2)

Big Dry Creek is a tributary that joins the South Platte River near Fort Lupton, Colorado. It rises in Jefferson County, Colorado at the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon at an elevation of 8,000 feet.[2]

The creek flows through Jefferson, Adams, and Weld counties. In Jefferson County, it flows into and out of Standley Lake. It receives treated wastewater from several municipalities, including the City and County of Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton and Northglenn.

The Big Dry Creek Watershed Association, a non-profit organization made up of individuals and representatives from local municipalities, monitors the creek's conditions.

A second creek in the Denver Metropolitan Area shares the same name. The other Big Dry Creek rises in Douglas County and joins the South Platte River in Littleton.

The Big Dry Creek Trail, a recreation trail, roughly follows the creek from Standley Lake Regional Park to Interstate 25.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Big Dry Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  2. ^ Wright Water Engineers, Inc. Big Dry Creek Watershed Management Plan, July, 2002. Accessed 2014-06-14
  3. ^ Westminster, Colorado. Big Dry Creek Trail. Accessed 2014-06-15.

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