Highline Canal

photo: Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway
Length: 18.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Irrigation system pathway SE of Denver, I-25 to CO 30.

States: Colorado
Counties: Denver
Latitude: 39.50423   Longitude: -105.07346

From a diversion dam on the South Platte River 1.8 miles upstream from the mouth of Waterton Canyon, the canal runs 66 miles (106 km) east-northeast through Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver counties, ending at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Lateral in the Green Valley Ranch area in northeast Denver. The canal is accessible along most of its length. To reach its starting point, take Colorado 470 to Wadsworth (Colorado 121) and follow Colorado 121 south to the Kassler Center.

Description

The High Line Canal, designated as a National Landmark Trail, was completed in 1883 to deliver irrigation water. Today, the canal is owned and operated by Denver Water. The canal trail has become a major recreational amenity in the Denver area, as people enjoy using the canal’s trail for hiking, biking, jogging and horseback riding.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Concrete

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1971

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
H. William Woodcock
Manager of Planning/Construction
South Suburban Park & Recreation District
6631 S University Boulevard
Littleton , CO 80121
(303) 798-5131
BillW@ssprd.org

 

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