Waterton Canyon

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.84 out of 5
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Beginner
17
miles

Fire Road
↑ 5,400 ft
↓ 5,400 ft
5,511
elevation (ft)

Lariat
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.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Is there a place to rent bikes and equipment nearby? -Guest

A: No

Guest answered on August 22, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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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

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Reviews (39)
 

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.

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Gnarly


May 2, 2016
chefmark Gnarly  
 
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

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Trailblazer

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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World Champ


May 5, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Temporary closure: "Hikers, walkers, runners and bikers won't have access to Waterton Canyon for most of next week while Denver Water does some annual maintenance. The dust mitigation project will close the canyon from Tuesday, May 6 through Friday, May 9, the utility said in a news release. Both the canyon and the parking lot will be closed for recreation until Saturday, May 10 at 7 a.m."

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Trailblazer

August 26, 2013
tetontom Trailblazer  
 
Review: If you're looking for a 12-mile gravel road out&back w/ nice views, and close to home, then by all means go do it.

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Waterton Canyon MTB Trail 3.84 out of 5 based on 39 ratings. 39 user reviews.
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