Best Getaway From 1.5 Million Chatfield Park Visitors (2004)

Waterton Canyon

While nearby Chatfield draws millions, Waterton Canyon, on Denver Water Board land just south of the popular recreation mecca, allows cyclists, hikers and trout-killers a chance to get away from it all -- and them all -- along the South Platte River. On the wide bike trails, you can quickly escape urban life; the only other soul you may encounter on your ride is a bighorn sheep. Of course, there are civilizing touches here, including picnic tables and outhouses along the service road that flows into the Colorado Trail. Open from sunrise to sunset.


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