LITTLETON, Colo. — Oct. 28, 2015 — After a two-month closure because of high bear activity, Denver Water will reopen Waterton Canyon to recreation on Friday, Oct. 30.
“We’ve been monitoring the bear activity along the trail on a daily basis, and it’s finally at a level we are used to seeing in the canyon this time of year,” said Brandon Ransom, Denver Water’s manager of recreation.
With input from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Denver Water closed Waterton Canyon Aug. 28, to reduce the likelihood of a negative encounter between active bears and the high volume of canyon visitors.
“It’s important that recreationists remain mindful that bears and other animals are still active in the canyon,” said Melanie Kaknes, CPW district wildlife manager. “We ask that visitors use common sense and give the wildlife plenty of space.”
For information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife about camping and hiking in bear country, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeCampingBearCountry.aspx. Members of the public with questions regarding wildlife can contact 303-291-7227 (During normal business hours).
Waterton Canyon is open for recreation from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.