Early last year, we closed the canyon for four days to monitor the condition of the High Line Canal diversion dam, located about 1.5 miles up the canyon and spanning the width of the South Platte River. The deteriorating wooden structure, built between 1880 and 1883, threatened to send large pieces of debris down the river.
We knew the repairs would mean another closing, but that doesn’t make this announcement any easier.
Nevertheless, here we go. Beginning Feb. 2, the canyon will only be open one day a week while crews replace the damaged structure. Here’s the detailed release, Waterton Canyon closure.
So, what’s the silver lining?
- The canyon will be open to the public on Sundays! (As long as visitors promise to stay clear of the worksite.)
- Technically, during the project the canyon will only be closed from the main entrance to mile marker 2. That means the upper portion of the canyon will be accessible from the Colorado Trail, above Strontia Springs Reservoir.
- Once the structure is fixed, we’ll have the ability to send water down the High Line Canal again, depending on the availability of water from the South Platte River and irrigation demand by more than 30 users along the canal.
For those who can’t wait until May 15, 2016, when the canyon is expected to fully reopen, don’t fret, we provide lots of recreational opportunities at many different locations. Here are a few of our seasonal faves: