Waterton Canyon in Littleton Colorado has recently opened back up this spring full time after some repairs had recently been made. I took my boys out for a beautiful hike late that afternoon. The hike is a very gradual climb through the canyon along the Platte River. The constant sounds of running water and small Rapids really makes for a pleasant environment.
Although we were on foot several mountain bikers were also enjoying the canyon. The canyon is managed by Denver Water (http://m.denverwater.org/Recreation/WatertonCanyon/). Parking and entrance is free located on the east side of Waterton Road (Waterton Canyon Trailhead; 11300 Waterton Road; Littleton CO 80125)
Watch for wildlife as snakes frequently sun on the trail. There is (or at least used to be) a motion sensor night camera in the canyon that would photo mountain lions and bears. Be sure to bring a camera but remember to keep your distance from wildlife for their safety and yours.
We only made it about two of the six miles up the canyon as my 4 year olds little legs were requesting a return trip to the car. There are however several rest stops along the way where you can picnic and enjoy the Colorado beauty. We look forward to our next trip to Waterton Canyon.
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