Waterton Canyon is a great place for recreation enthusiasts of all kinds to escape the bustle of the city without having to make a long traffic choked drive into the mountains. This beautiful canyon has the look and feel of a high country visit with beautiful rock cliffs, pine forest, a cool mountain stream and wildlife galore.
To get to the canyon, take highway C-470 to the southwest side of the metro Denver area and take the Waterton exit. The parking lot is on the left just as the road nears the little town of Waterton. Cross the road and head up the dirt road along the Platte River into the canyon. The dirt road progresses into the foothills for about 6 miles of gentle incline along the river through beautiful mountain scenery.
The road is wide enough for small groups of mountain bikers to ride side by side or for competitors to pit their skills against each other in a race to the top. Runners can enjoy the soft even surface as they train for mountain trail runs. Fishermen can walk the banks looking for the right spot to toss in a line. The dam about halfway up the canyon with its deep calm water is a favorite for fly fishermen.
Wildlife watchers may be able to get close to the herd of bighorn sheep that inhabit the rocky walls of the canyon as they cross the road to walk down to the river for water.
At the top of the road, just past Strontia Springs dam, the Colorado Trail climbs into the wilderness on its way through the foothills to Deckers. Mountain bikers may want to test their skills on the steep inclines and fast curvy downhills of this single track section of mountain trail.