Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

Posted March 18, 2020 –

Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Update – Waterton Canyon Reopened July 6, 2020. See notice here.


CLOSED. Sadly…WATERTON CANYON IS CLOSED. According to officials with Denver Water, the PARKING AND TRAIL CLOSURE BEGAN WED MARCH 18, 2020. It will remain closed (gated and patrolled) until further notice.

REASON. According to CTF supporter Bobbie Hickman’s friend who works for Denver Water, the reason for the closure is that there had been a significant increase in Canyon recreators which elevated the risk of COVID-19 to the DW employees and that could interfere with day to day operations of the dam, Denver’s water supply.

CT SEGMENT 1. The closure affects only the Waterton Canyon part of CT Segment 1, the first 6.7 miles of Seg 1. Your first-opportunity, non-closed entry point, though, is Lenny’s Rest Bench at mile 7.9 of Seg 1, where the side trails from both Indian Creek Trailhead and Roxborough State Park intersect the CT. Potentially helpful are the map and info here:

Alternative CT Starts near Denver via ColoradoTrail.org


Other possibly helpful links:

Official Closure Notice at DenverWater.org

Forest Service Website for Indian Creek Trailhead

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Website for Roxborough State Park

Facebook page for Roxborough State Park