Waterton Canyon Closure

This recently came to my attention, and with the temporary closure happening in less then a month, just wanted to make sure everyone knows…

For years Denver Water has invited the public to recreate on its Waterton Canyon property. Unfortunately, over the next 18 months it will be necessary to close the area to recreational use so that the canyon road can be used for its main function – to serve as an access road for maintaining Strontia Springs Reservoir. This maintenance project will allow Denver Water to continue to serve its customers throughout the Front Range. At the completion of this project Denver Water will reopen the canyon and once again invite the public to enjoy this unique and beautiful area.

Waterton Canyon is scheduled to be closed from Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 until Sunday, Dec. 3, 2010, and again from Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. There is more than 1 million cubic yards of sediment in the reservoir, and this project is slated to remove 625,000 cubic yards. If this project is ahead of schedule, Denver Water may extend the project into 2012 to remove as much of the 1 million cubic yards of sediment as possible in order to try and avoid future near-term projects. Any schedule changes will be posted to these web pages.

http://www.denverwater.org/Recreation/WatertonCanyon/FAQs/

While the dirt road in the canyon will be closed… the beginning of the Colorado Trail will still be open, although the new access point will way down south from the Indian Creek campground….
Here is a an official .pdf of the map…
So, you better get out this July and hit up Waterton Canyon because it you wont be on it until at least the spring of 2012!!!!
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