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Enjoying the High Line Canal corridor

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High Line canal jogger
A jogger enjoys a sunny day along the High Line Canal, dug by hand in the 1880s to divert water from the South Platte River to farmers and ranchers on the plains. Photo credit: High Line Canal Conservancy.

The trail along the High Line Canal meanders 71 miles across the Denver metro area, offering places to walk, bike, jog and ride horses.

The canal’s historic job transporting water for irrigation purposes has diminished over the years as more efficient options have become available. But the corridor’s role as an urban getaway and environmental amenity is as important as ever.

Looking for more information about this amazing urban green space?

The High Line Canal Conservancy has published a new trail map and guide to the canal, an indispensable tool for discovering the wonders of the historic trail.

The guide breaks down the 71-mile canal trail into 27 walking, biking and equestrian-friendly segments. It includes navigational tips and highlights of the canal’s history and natural wonders, access points, landmarks and connecting trails.

The Conservancy, created in 2014, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping harness the region’s commitment to preserving the future of the High Line Canal.

The Conservancy is raising money and connecting stakeholders to preserve and enhance the corridor for future generations with support from local government agencies and in partnership with Denver Water.

The corridor is owned by Denver Water and maintained in partnership with local recreation agencies.