A popular destination for runners, anglers, and wildlife watchers that was closed on March 18 due to the corona virus, Waterton Canyon will reopen on June 15, but only on weekdays.
The gap was closed to avoid crowds and limit exposure to employees of Denver Water, who manage the area. The canyon road extends 6½ miles from the edge of Chatfield State Park to the Strontia Springs Reservoir, which provides access to the Colorado Trail.
“Although it has not been easy, we have been able to access other facilities within the social distance guidelines, as they are located around reservoirs where people can spread, or in the case of the High Line Canal, a long path with many access points , ”Brandon Ransom, water recreation manager in Denver said in a press release. “Waterton Canyon presents more challenges as there are limited access points and fewer distribution options as it is a service path for our operations and maintenance teams.”
The gorge opens to recreationists 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset. Denver Water will track usage on weekdays for the next month before deciding whether to open on weekends as well. The dirt track is closed to motorized traffic, except for official vehicles, such as Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
“Waterton Canyon is a popular recreation destination,” said Heath Stuerke, supervisor of Strontia Springs Dam. “We recPlease note that the closure was an inconvenience and ask the public to help us keep our resources and employees safe. The recent closure allowed us to use this time to enhance the recreation experience by running our annual dust control project, closing the gap a few weeks each year. ”
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