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Level: Beginner
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +1,632/ -1,649 ft
Total: 368 riders

Mountain Biking Waterton Canyon

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#124 of 1,363 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#852 in the world

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.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jun 18, 2003. Last updated Dec 22, 2023. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Denver, take 470 west towards littleton. Exit at Wadsworth Blvd (CO 121). Go about 4 miles and follow the signs to the park. Park in the lot on the left. The trail starts on the opposite side of the road.
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Rider questions

Q: Trail map?
A: Singletracks has a topo map for Waterton Canyon but you'll need to subscribe for access (earn just 30 contribution points to subscribe or purchase instant access). If you don't need a full blown topo, the CO Trail Foundation has a simple map of the trails around the Waterton Canyon area here: http://www.coloradotrail.org/forms/Seg1Map_Singletrack_Dogs.pdf

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