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Waterton Canyon access closed starting March 18

LITTLETON, Colo. — March 17, 2020 — Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Colorado, access to Waterton Canyon will be closed to the public starting March 18, 2020. There is no current timeline on when Waterton Canyon will reopen to the public.

At Denver Water, our top priority is to keep employees, partners, contractors and vendors safe and healthy so we can continue to serve our customers. We are making numerous changes to accomplish this, including closing Waterton Canyon indefinitely in the interest of public safety and to help reduce exposure to COVID-19.

“Waterton Canyon is a popular recreation destination and we recognize the closure will create inconveniences,” said Brandon Ransom, manager of recreation for Denver Water. “Closing the canyon will help ensure employee and public safety.”

Hikers and bikers on the Colorado Trail should seek alternative access points during this time.

Signage at Waterton Canyon telling visitors of closure
Waterton Canyon will close indefinitely to the public after March 17, 2020. Photo credit: Denver Water.


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