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Waterton Canyon

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Family and cycling friendly, no dogs allowed

This is a beautiful canyon with interesting geology, plants, and animals to look at. I biked up the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
Flat nice hike with Big Horn Sheep

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and someone from work had earlier suggested hiking the Waterton... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful canyon with interesting geology, plants, and animals to look at. I biked up the canyon on the 'trail', which is really a wide road that is used by Denver Water trucks for access since it is an active Denver Water facility...More

Thank LeighK35
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and someone from work had earlier suggested hiking the Waterton Canyon. We decided to go at about 1:30pm on a Sunday afternoon because it was a nice sunny and warm October Sunday afternoon. Made the 25 minute drive west...More

Thank GKBrash
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is an easy hike you can go up a slight incline for six miles or choose to hike or bike a shorter distance. We like to go up to the dam and then turn around and find one of the picnic spots along the...More

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We rode our bikes up the 8 mile road through Waterton Canyon and it was amazing! The road is wide enough for plenty of bikers and hikers to pass by each other comfortably. The road is also a gradual incline on the way up making...More

Thank wrightcrissy
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Fantastic weather and conditions for hiking/walking the canyon. Lots of fast bikes - good to see the sheep and a mule deer. We are lucky that Denver Water maintains this pristine place for recreation.

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Want to see beautiful Colorado, but not used to walking steep inclines? Then go to Waterton. Because it's a canyon, you follow the river; nice and flat. If always wanted to bike this trail--it goes on forever, and doesn't loop. I was amazed at how...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

It we a beautiful day, not very busy but a lot of people enjoying fishing, bicycling, photography and hiking. Saw a few sheep a deer and a squirrel. We are fortunate that Denver Water maintains this for us to use at no cost. The "no...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Watertown only gets 4/5 because it's not a great place for dogs, and I have 3... If you don't have a dog, it's a wonderful place to hike or bike or fish.

1  Thank Albert A
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This lovely, wide, trail follows the Platte River all the way to Strontia Springs Reservoir if you want to hike or ride the full 6.2 miles. There are picnic tables, porta potties, and great fishing holes all along the way. If you go early or...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I visited this beautiful place and will definitely return! I was fortunate enough to see wild turkeys, deers, and of course bighorn sheep! It was a peaceful and relaxing approx 7 mile hike on a dirt road with plenty of opportunities to stop for a...More

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My husband, my brother and I were riding up Waterton Canyon on our Pedego Electric bikes. We were having a wonderful time. We are all Senior citizens, with different issues that make riding normal bikes uphill unachievable. My husband is handicapped and is making the most of his life while he can still get around at all. Ebikes allow all of us to go places we normally couldn't. We were passed by all other bicycles on the trail that day as is normal since we are site seeing. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed the beauty of the canyon and the wildlife. We were very close to the top, maybe a 1/4 of a mile left to go when a very rude man in the passenger seat of a white Denver water truck told us to leave. I've never felt so humiliated in all my life. Some people we had been talking to from Michigan were walking up the hill and saw us get kicked out. He was totally discriminating against older and handicapped people. I feel it was to impress the young girl who was driving the truck. I told him it was a place we had never been and asked if since we were so close to the top could we please just go and see it and he said absolutely not we have to leave immediately. My brother wrote to someone at Bicycle Colorado and they can't find anything saying ebikes are illegal in Waterton Canyon. Are they illegal and if so why? The demographics of ebike riders are people with injuries or age related ailments. It's not people riding like maniacs. The bike I was on is a class one and the other 2 bikes were class 2. Federal law and Colorado laws classify them as bicycles. They don't go over 20 miles an hour so many cyclist are much faster then we are and truth be known most of us don't go over 12 mph. We are getting outside, getting exercise and enjoying life. We are not a threat to anyone or anything. My husband owns Pedego Southlands, the people who have been helped by these bikes is amazing. I talked to a young woman whose husband and two kids go for long bike rides from their home in Castle Rock every Saturday. She couldn't ever go with them due to having Lupas, it makes her weak. She now has an electric bike and gets to enjoy the trails with her young family. People with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, arthritis, knee injuries, hip injuries are all people who get to enjoy their lives due to these wonderful bikes. My husband and many of his customers have lost a lot of weight with these bikes. Denying them access is disgusting. Our beautiful parks should not be only for healthy, athletic people.
4 October 2018|
Response from Kay B | Reviewed this property |
Ebikes are totally okay! I would suggest you contact the Denver Water board to share your experience. I am not certain whether Waterton Canyon has a state park status or not. There are volunteer rangers who patrol the... More