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Highline Canal Trail

Discover Denver's nature, history, and rich culture along the 71-mile High Line Canal.

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Length: 71.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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

State(s): Colorado
Counties: Denver
Longitude: -105.07346
Latitude: 39.50423

Driving Directions

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

Discover Denver's nature, history, and rich culture along the 71-mile High Line Canal. An extraordinary feat of engineering now nearly 150 years old, the Canal is outliving its historic function as an irrigation utility and has taken on new life as a recreational and ecological resource. Relatively flat, with paved and soft-surface portions, the Canal trail gives everyone an opportunity to get outdoors. Run, walk, bike or horseback ride from the foothills to the plains.

The Canal runs through 11 distinct communities and is cared for through partnerships between the High Line Canal Conservancy, Denver Water, the various jurisdictions, and UDFCD. The High Line Canal Conservancy is a nonprofit that was formed in 2014 with the mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the High Line Canal in partnership with the public. The Conservancy is providing collaborative leadership to reclaim the historic waterway for the region to ensure permanent protection for all 71 miles (over 860 acres), enhance public use and improve the Canal's environmental health. For more information on the Conservancy, its work, and how to get involved visit highlinecanal.org.

Quick Facts:
71 miles (one of the country's longest urban trails)
860 acres (larger than NYC's Central Park)
Connects to 72 adjacent open spaces
11 jurisdictions
98 street crossings
350,000 residents within a mile
500,000+ users per year
199 bird species
28 mammal species
15 reptile species
450 plant species
24,000 trees

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Concrete

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1971

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Guide to the High Line Canal Trail

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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