Cherry Creek State Park
Location: Arapahoe County, one mile south of Interstate 225 off Parker Road
Cherry Creek State Park features prairie surrounding 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir and calls itself “Denver’s big back yard.”
Activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, boating and an off-leash dog area.
Some harder-to-find facilities, such as model airplane flying, horseback riding and a family shooting range, are also available.
On weekends, the park is often filled to capacity, but in the off-season and during the week it’s less crowded.
Winter offers hiking and cold-weather activities such as cross-country skiing. Group picnic and camping areas and an Amphitheatre are available by reservation.
Cherry Creek State Park office
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014
Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed holidays.
Campground phone: (303) 693-3957
Office phone: (303) 690-1166