Waterton Canyon

3.88 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 5,400 ft
↓ 5,400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is really two different trails. The first, the Waterton Canyon trail, is a wide gravel road that gradually climbs along the S. Platte River. This is a nice place to ride with the family and get some fishing in. The second trail is the Colorado Trail loop. This trail starts at the end of the gravel road, about 6 miles from the parking lot. Take this loop counter-clockwise and be sure to take a look at the map at the trailhead before you get started. This trail has a ton of switchbacks but it is all totally rideable. Lots of trees and very well maintained singletrack. This loop has a good bit of climbing (especially compared to the first 6 miles on gravel road). You'll probably climb a little over 1000 feet on this loop. A great workout and a very fun and scenic trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: is this open now? -Guest

A: It is closed weekdays, open weekends for the fall of 2016. They are rebuilding an old diversion dam in the canyon. Here is where you can check on the canyon's access: https://www.douglas.co.us/waterton-canyon-weekly-closure/

Guest answered on September 11, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Is there a place to rent bikes and equipment nearby? -Guest

A: No

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Reviews (41)

Bunny Hop

July 14, 2019
DanOxender Bunny Hop  
Review: As people will tell you, this is two trails. The first 6 miles is super easy. Take your non-mountain biking pal there as an intro. 6 miles along a river, 30 foot wide graded dirt road, 3/4 % grade max, can run into mountain goats/sheep.

At the top of the road, there is a wonderful Dam. Worlds biggest mist air-conditioner. Really pretty. Some picknic tables on the way up.

When you get to the top, things get serious. A lot of selections from a "little" 4 mile loop with serious climbs/rocks, technical descents. A fairly long 24 mile loop which I haven't attempted. Plenty for everyone. About 1.5 hours with the short loop at the top and lots of fun.

Granny Gear

May 12, 2019
kasei21 Granny Gear  
Review: Great for those who are brand new to mountain biking, families, or for anyone else who wants a chill ride. From the parking lot to the dam is a gravel road, super wide, and nothing technical. It can get a little crowded but as you get further up the road it definitely thins out. Dam is pretty cool to check out and there are additional miles of more challenging terrain beyond it. Every time I've hiked or ridden this trail we've seen big horn sheep.

Granny Gear

June 9, 2017
Review: ATTENTION: Waterton Canyon is closed. I didn't see a "closed until" date posted. Check water management website for more info.


May 2, 2016
chefmark Doubletrack  
Review: Great views the whole way. The first six miles are wide road grade of packed gravel to the dam. Then the Colorado connector turns into singletrack.

Similar Trail: IDK


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: A nice place to ride with the kids. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Granny Gear

February 9, 2016
Review: Waterton is a nice ride up a graded raod for 6 miles. Beautiful views, wild life and other people. Can be crowded on weekends, but weekdays are always nice. Singletrack is great if you take the loop, go counter clockwise to enjoy it better. Have fun.

Granny Gear

June 14, 2015
Review: It's a great ride, I didn't go all the way up but it's very pretty. Super super busy though!

Granny Gear

April 24, 2015
mtbmac Granny Gear  
Review: Nice easy ride we just rode the wide road portion up to the damn and back its about a 14 mile round trip , very very easy riding with plenty of bathrooms along this part of the trail! Saw big horn sheep beautiful area!

Granny Gear

February 16, 2015
BluGnat Granny Gear  
Review: I'm a super new beginner to mountain biking (on actual trails) - but someone else's beginner review helped me, hence me posting a review for fellow beginners out there. This trail was GREAT to get a taste of trail mountain biking. The snow on the last half of the loop, past Lenny's Rest was a bit of a bummer, but what can we expect this time of year. I have high hopes of re-riding the trail over and over until I'm proficient. Perfect beginner trail - but I'll bet more experienced people fly through it and love it, too.

Granny Gear

July 22, 2014
Review: First off, I am a novice rider, for whatever that is worth. As others have said, the first 6.2 miles is smooth gravel up to the Strontia Springs Dam. After that the trail gets a bit more interesting. A seemingly endless stretch of uphill switchbacks will bring you to Lennys Rest. A few tricky spots, but the uphill is the challenge here. I elected to take a left at the Roxborough Loop, which after a few left turns will eventually lead you back to Waterton Canyon. A few rocky sections and some large roots along the way, nothing too crazy.

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