Upcoming Waterton Canyon recreation schedule

Nov. 22, 2016 - The recreation schedule for Waterton Canyon has been updated to accommodate the completion of a maintenance project at Strontia Springs Dam.

  • Nov. 25 through Dec. 11 — Canyon will be open daily for recreation.
  • Dec. 12 through Dec. 30 — Canyon will only be open Saturdays and Sundays for recreation.

Since Sept. 6, 2016, Waterton Canyon has been closed Mondays through Fridays for a number of construction projects.

One key project — to rebuild the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River — is complete, and Denver Water will be able to divert water into the High Line Canal for irrigation customers in 2017, depending on the conditions.

The other major work is a maintenance project at Strontia Springs Dam, which is taking longer than originally expected. As the project wraps up, the trail road will be in heavy use for equipment to be trucked out of the canyon, resulting in the additional weekday closure for the last three weeks of the year.

“We know many hikers and bikers are itching to hit the trail with the nice weather and upcoming holiday,” said Brandon Ransom, Denver Water’s manager of recreation. “That’s why we jumped on the opportunity for a complete opening of the canyon for a two-week stretch before this necessary maintenance project wraps up.”

Hikers and bikers on the Colorado Trail should seek alternative access points when the canyon is closed.

For more on why Waterton Canyon is such a great attraction — and why we’ve so often had to close its gates — read, The “trails” and tribulations of Waterton Canyon.


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