A natural prairie landscape surrounds the 800 surface acre Cherry Creek Reservoir, at this state park. Gentle, rolling hills are popular for hiking and biking, while the lake offers an ideal location for water sports.
Cherry Creek is also home to a giant off-leash dog park open to the public for an extra fee. It features over one hundred acres and a stream for the dogs to play in.
Biking/Hiking: 12 miles of paved trails, 35 miles of multi-use trails.
Boating: 880 surface acre lake; Open to power boating, sailboat, jet ski, canoe, water skiing.
Camping: Yes, 135 sites; Open year round; Full hook-up and basic tent sites; For reservations call 303-470-1144. Showers and laundry facilities, dump station. There are 3 group campsites.
Fishing: Shore and boat fishing on Cherry Creek Lake.
Group Picnicking: 6 unique group picnic areas.
Horseback Riding: The 12 Mile Stables at Cherry Creek offers horse rentals, hay rides, day camps, riding lessons and horse boarding. horserentalsdenver.com
Model Airplane Flying: On the west side of park is an airfield providing asphalt runways and frequency posts.
Off-Leash Dog Area: A large, 125 acre off-leash dog area is open daily until 10pm. It costs an additional $2/day or $20 for the year.
Swimming: Swim beach is open during summer.
Volleyball: Poles are already in place, bring your own net and ball.
Winter Recreation: Ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are allowed hen conditions permit.
Address: 4201 S Parker Rd, Aurora
Season: Year round
Pets: Yes, on leash
Fees: $9/daily, $73/annual (vehicle)
Map: Cherry Creek (PDF)