We will begin hiking at 9:00am sharp.
Rating: Easy (not much elevation gain)
Distance: about 6 miles (2.5 Hours)
This is a very easy hike so we will walk in for an hour and a quarter and then turn around to head back out.
Bighorn sheep. Mountain lions. Bears. Birds. Fish. And, most importantly, the Platte River, which supports this level of biodiversity and makes for a gorgeous hike.
Waterton Canyon serves as the trailhead for the Colorado Trail, which covers more than 400 miles and goes all the way to Durango. The great thing about this trail is that you can pick and choose your distance—six rest areas make convenient turnaround points. The rest areas are all named after a different animal that lives in the canyon: Mule Deer, Blue Heron, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Rattlesnake, and Bighorn sheep. Signage at each outpost educates visitors about each creature. Follow the Platte River as it winds through the canyon and keep your eyes peeled for herds of bighorn sheep and other big mammals. You'll pass the Strontia Springs Dam about a mile and a half in. Later, you'll see part of the tunnel that carries water to the Foothills Water Treatment Plant.
Directions: From Denver, take I-70 west to C-470. Take C-470 east to Wadsworth Boulevard. Take a right at the bottom of the exit ramp and drive 4.2 miles. Turn left on Waterton Road. The parking lot will be about a quarter of a mile down and on your left.