And while on the trail, it’s always good to keep these safety tips in mind:
- Be aware of other users, as well as those who may not be active users of the trail, or who may be loitering.
- Whether walking, running or riding, it is important to keep both ears on the trail. Using headphones impairs one of your most important senses and can contribute to conflicts with other trail users or prevent you from hearing danger approaching.
- Criminals frequently take advantage of darkness, and the natural surroundings of the trail limit lighted areas. Use the trail during daylight hours or with friends – or both!
- Always carry identification, and a phone if possible.
- Trust your instincts, they are usually right.
- It can’t hurt to brush up on self-defense tactics. You never know if you may need them for yourself or to protect someone else.
- If you see something, say something. This is our community and we can protect each other.
- Keep these numbers on hand: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office at 303-795-4711, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), or the Arapahoe County tip line at 720-874-8477.
Also, please remember…
When water is running in the canal, the depth ranges from 2 to 7 feet deep with a strong current. Swimming, tubing, boating and other water activities are strictly prohibited. The public is urged to stay on the path and keep away from the facility’s pipes and headgates. Only authorized agencies are allowed to operate motorized vehicles on the trail.