Riverdale Road runs from Highway 7 in Brighton to northeast Denver around the Thornton area. It runs along the Adams County Regional Park.
This is a meandering curvy stretch of roads that run parallel to the South Platte River. They are poorly maintained.
According to Shadowlands, this road passes along a stretch of fertile farmland where large Sugar Beet farms employed poor migrant workers who were mistreated. Riverdale Road also, according to this report, was once a trail used by Cherokee Indians.
A car accident on Yosemite, just off Riverdale recently claimed the life of one woman.
The Gates of Hell is located at the northernmost end of Riverdale Road where it gets "distinctly more hilly". The hills apparently surround the building that has become known to local teens as "The Gates of Hell". Local lore claims that in the 1980’s a religious cult of some sort used the building to do some odd rituals, one of which involved the murder of a child. "The Gates of Hell" is apparently hard to find (ironic, huh?). We have not sent out our team to try our luck at it yet, but any extra information on the exact location would be helpful. Including street signs, using cardinal directions (like north, south, east, and west) in your description, etc. would make it possible for our people to find this actual location.
We have not confirmed these stories as historically accurate.
People have reported coyotes in this region.
Reports of disembodied voices and faint disembodied screams. There have also been reports of a Lady in White who stands by the road and approaches the car but then disappears.
Reports of various apparitions along Riverdale Road including sightings of "phantom dogs" (note that coyotes are said to frequent this area as well).
The "Platte Valley Witch" is a legendary figure in this area apparently as well.
StrangeUSA (n.d.). Riverdale Road. Retrieved March 5, 2009 from http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=1841
Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved March 2, 2009 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/colorado.htm
Brighton, CO Colorado, USA