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Wildlife viewing: Includes birds, mammals and several species of reptiles.
Biking: Road bikes are best suited on the hard surfaces of the canal trail in Denver and Aurora. The routes through South Suburban, Highlands Ranch, Chatfield, Cherry Hill and Greenwood Village are all soft-surface trails, more suitable for mountain bikes.
Horseback riding: Horses are welcome on most of the canal, but be aware of the regulations along different areas.
Picnicking: The canal winds through many parks that provide picnic tables. There are benches and a few tables available. See local area maps for locations.
Sharing the trail: The trail is used by a variety of people, from walkers with strollers to cyclists. Please be considerate of others. Pets must be on a leash, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after pets.
Special events: Permits required from Denver Water and the recreation management agency for the area of the event.
- From a diversion dam on the South Platte River 1.8 miles upstream from the mouth of Waterton Canyon, the canal runs 71 miles east-northeast through Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver counties, ending at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Lateral in the Green Valley Ranch area.
- To reach its starting point, take Colorado 470 to Wadsworth (Colorado 121) and follow Colorado 121 south to the Kassler Center.
- The canal is accessible along most of its length. For more information on access along the canal, check out our map.