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Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park
Description - Cherry Creek State Park offers a natural prairie environment of gentle, rolling hills and complete outdoor recreation facilities, including full service camping, group picnic sites and facilities for special events, all in the midst of a busy urban area.

Attractions - Nearly 1.5 million visitors a year can't be wrong! This bustling metropolitan playground offers unlimited recreation opportunities anchored around a 1,000 surface-acre lake. Some come to practice their aim at the park's shooting range, and others use the large, paved model airplane field. Less busy during midweek, Cherry Creek is a convenient getaway for frazzled urbanites. And this state park was the site of the prayer vigil and papal mass with Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day 1993.

Recreation - Fun seekers visit the park to enjoy boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, fishing, swimming, biking, horseback riding and more.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - Directions - One mile south of Interstate 225 on Parker Road, adjacent to south Denver. This site is located 10 miles southeast of metro Denver. The park encompasses 3,900 acres on Cherry Creek.


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Filed By: Madeleine (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This park has an excellent off-leash dog park. It is a big (unfenced) area with a pond and creek (which is very low right now). Friendly dog owners and lots of room to run. Nice trails for humans to walk also. I have also enjoyed the bike paths in the rest of the park. Riding by deer and wild flowers in summer. Be careful if you park your car in an out of the way place. I saw two cars that had been broken into during the week. Don't leave anything in your car.

Filed By: Consuelo (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great campsite for families and is highly accessable to wheelchairs. My family usually goes 3-4 times per year. Sometimes it gets roudy, but the park rangers take care of that pretty well. Working showers (warm!) and flushing toilets are a plus. We enjoy ourselves every time. The swim beach is great, but fishing has never been real great for us. If you have kids this is the place to go!

Filed By: Gary (Maple Plain, MN)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just visiting and staying at Radisson SouthEast. One block from hotel and great walking surface. 12 miles for hike or bike. Plenty of cordial bikers. Enjoyed scenery, birds are there. Usual gear for visitors, sunscreen, lip balm and water bottle. Enjoy!

Filed By: Lee Williams (Aurora, co)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: I am a wakeboarder and this lake has to be the worst that I have came accross. there is an area that you have to pull in and it takes you right along the swim beach. this is filled with jet skis, boaters, tubers, fishing boats, sail boats, not to mention Kayaks and asorted other crafts. The rangers on the lake 2 boats dont really care that there is no rhyme or reason to the madness that is the desinated ski zone ... unless your out of it.. but they are very busy chaseing beach balls and other stuff that is being blown off of the swim beach ... Just for fun i took my boat and was doing loops and figure 8's right in front of the rangers boat... thinking that i would stir some interest in them .. no they were to involved it policeing beach balls... so advice ... you must stay in the ski zone... the ski zone is a mad house ... Rangers dont mess with you unless your out of the ski zone.. Jetskis are like knats... things to bring blow dart gun... ;)

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Great place if you have a boat. But the campground is like camping in somebodys backyard.


More Information

Contact Information:
Cherry Creek State Park, 4201 South Parker Road , Aurora, CO, 80014, Phone: 303-699-3860
, cherry.creek.park@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Denver Area - The largest city in Colorado, Denver is a major transportation hub for those coming to the mountains.
Northwest Region - This diverse area encompasses mountains and high desert. The terrain supports a huge variety of recreation opportunities and some of Colorado's world famous resorts.

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