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  2. Canyon to remain fully open on Sundays only during structure repair


    Hikers and bikers that recreate in Waterton Canyon will have limited access to the canyon’s trails over the coming months.


    According to Denver Water, beginning Feb. 2, the lower portion of Waterton Canyon, including the main entrance and parking lot, will be closed Monday through Saturday until May 15, as crews replace a deteriorating, 146-year-old diversion structure in the South Platte River.


    Most of the wood on the High Line Canal diversion structure had already washed away by June 2015. The 146-year-old structure will be replaced, starting Feb. 2, prompting the closure of the lower portion of Waterton Canyon.


    The canyon will be fully open to recreation on Sundays only during the project.


    The High Line Canal diversion, built in 1870, is a wooden structure spanning the width of the South Platte River, about 1.5 miles up the canyon. It helps direct flows into the pipe that carries water to the High Line Canal, when needed.


    For hikers and bikers on the Colorado Trail, access to the upper portion of Waterton Canyon will remain open down to mile marker 2. Visitors can access the upper portion of the canyon from Roxborough State Park, approximately 5.5 miles away.


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