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Waterton Canyon will be closed temporarily so Denver Water can complete annual dust mitigation maintenance.

Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday, May 8th through Friday, May 19th. Waterton Canyon will open for weekend recreation on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th. During the closure, neither the parking lot or the canyon entrance will be accessible.

Colorado Trail users are advised to plan alternate routes during this time. As a reminder to the public, this is a working facility and at times operations create unsafe conditions for the public resulting in temporary closures. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to improve the road and provide a better experience for trail users.

As a working facility, there are times when operations and maintenance projects create unsafe conditions for the public, prompting us to close trail access. Denver Water performs maintenance projects like this one to provide for a better experience throughout the canyon by creating optimal conditions for a family-friendly hiking and biking experience.

“Waterton Canyon is an extremely popular recreation destination, and we recognize that the two-week, weekday closure is an inconvenience,” said Brandon Ransom, manager of recreation for Denver Water. “By taking the time to reduce the dust early in the season, we’ll be able to provide a better experience for hikers, bikers and runners throughout the rest of the summer.”