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Connecting the Canal – Segment 13, Colfax Connections and the Arsenal (W&T)

March 17 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm


SEGMENT 13 Colfax Connections and the Arsenal

TYPE: W&T | PACE: 2-3 mph |TERRAIN: Lots of sidewalk, small hills, dirt/pebble trail | DIFFICULTY: Moderate| DISTANCE: Approx. 6 miles

Walk Description: In partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy, we will walk the entire High Line Canal, one segment at a time, covering most of the 71-mile trail. Check out our overview page here for more information on all of our walking events.

Segment 13 of 14. Miles 61-66. On this segment, we’ll amble through northern Aurora and follow the Canal as it crosses Colfax once and Tower Road twice. We’ll see the old connections to the Army Arsenal, historically the Canal’s largest stakeholder, and understand why the Canal stopped flowing water past its headgate #157 near First Creek. At the time the “large truck farms” produced produce for the Rose Hill area and beyond, but the failure of those farms led to the decision to stop the Canal’s flow further. With money from the lottery, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge plans to expand access into the Refuge from this First Creek area. We’ll talk about the history of the Arsenal and its expansion as a Wildlife Refuge, focusing on the importance of clean water in the process.

Walking Movement Leader: Robbin Mitchell has walked the High Line twice and leads several walks along it in Aurora. Contact her at 303 596 8342.


Meeting Location, Parking, and Planning: We will meet at the end of the segment, parking in the visitor lot 4538 Perth St, Denver, CO. Please be parked and ready to walk by 8:45 am. We will leave no later than 9:05 am. From here, we will gather in a smaller group of cars and drive to the start of the walk in Green Valley Ranch. If you are not comfortable carpooling, please make other arrangements to meet us at the start of the walk and for you to depart the walk. Alternatively, you can take a Lyft. If you use this link and you’re a new Lyft user, you get a credit toward your first ride. If you have questions about how parking/carpooling/transit will work, please contact Chris.

Final Details: You will receive final details about this segment on the day before we walk. Refer to this final details email for concluding comments about weather, parking, and conditions. If you do not receive this email by 5 pm the day before the walk, call Chris immediately. 303 507 7280.

Welcome Waivers: Please fill out the online “Welcome Waiver” or download, print, sign, and turn in a hard copy if this will be your first Walk2Connect walking experience in the past year.

Bring: At least 2 bottles of water, lunch, appropriate clothing for the weather, sunscreen, hat, and snacks. .

Suggested Readings: The Thunder Tree by Pyle, High Line Canal by Denver Water, and Chris’ blog about the High Line Canal adventures.

Trip Notes:

-For the walkers who complete all 14 segments of the Connecting the Canal event series according to the official schedule will receive a token from the High Line Canal Conservancy.

-We will take breaks along the way as we find shade or welcoming spots.

-Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and you may also want to include appropriate outerwear, hats, and gloves to accommodate for the weather.

Cancellation Policy: We only cancel in extreme weather conditions on our path, such as ice, hail, or lightening.

RSVP: Please use the RSVP feature below.

To sign up for additional segments, visit our main page here. Your RSVP is important and will guide our communication about changes, parking, and other details.

This program is in partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy. For more information about the entire trail, see

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This program is in partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy. For more information about the entire trail, see

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March 17
8:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Chris Englert
chris (at)


4538 Perth St
4538 Perth St
Denver, CO United States
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Who's Attending

19 people are attending Connecting the Canal – Segment 13, Colfax Connections and the Arsenal (W&T)

  • Joanne Milito
  • Patty Johnsen
  • Linda Techentien
  • Mark Techentien
  • Hazel Bond
  • Kris Ashton
  • Richela Das
  • Sue Bruner/Gordon Pedersen
  • Katherine Brehm
  • Marilyn Ellison
  • Liz Calvert
  • Richard J. Schneider
  • Joyce and Mike Bundgaard
  • Amy


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