KUSA - If you thought November had robbed Colorado of all its fall color, try to find some time to explore Waterton Canyon before those bright yellows all fade away.
A weekend hike yielded plenty of golden beauty through the Canyon, which was in stark contrast to a cobalt blue sky. This writer was also lucky to encounter a herd of bighorn sheep.
Waterton is also home to mule deer, blue heron, black bear, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. Waterton Canyon, adjacent to Roxborough State Park, is lined by the South Platte River which provides a constant bubbling soundtrack as it flows westward out of the mountains.
A wide, flat trail that once served as a railroad bed, draws hikers, cyclists, horse riders, and families with children in strollers. The trail doubles as the eastern terminus for the Colorado Trail, which travels for 473 miles through some of the wildest and most inaccessible country in the Rocky Mountains.
Getting there: From Denver, take Interstate 70 west to C-470. Take C-470 east to Wadsworth Boulevard. Take a right at the bottom of the exit ramp and drive 4.2 miles. Turn left on Waterton Road. The parking lot will be about a quarter of a mile down and on your left.
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