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  • West Boat Ramp at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Summer concessions and picnic area at Hobie Hill on Cherry Creek Reservoir's west shore.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Summer concessions and picnic area at Hobie Hill on Cherry Creek Reservoir's west shore.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Picnic area and fishing pier at Cherry Creek State Park's West Boat Ramp.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir Marina (private), but with public boat rentals.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir Marina (private), but with public boat rentals.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir Marina (private), but with public boat rentals.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Reservoir Marina (private), but with public boat rentals.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • One of many bike paths at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Sandy beach at the Mountain Loop Day Use area on Cherry Creek Reservoir's west shore.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Sandy beach at the Mountain Loop Day Use area on Cherry Creek Reservoir's west shore.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Sandy beach at the Mountain Loop Day Use area on Cherry Creek Reservoir's west shore.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Pond at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Model airfield at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • View of the Front Range at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Off-leash dog area at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Off-leash dog area with non-native musk thistle (Carduus nutans) and mullein (Verbascum thapsus) at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • View across Cherry Creek Reservoir with the Denver Tech Center skyline and the Front Range in the distance.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Picnic shelters at the East Shades Day Use Area within Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Smoky Hill Picnic Shelter at the East Shades Day Use Area within Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • View of the Cherry Creek Dam at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Dixon Grove Day Use Area at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Dixon Grove Day Use Area at Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Swim beach at Dixon Grove, Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Swim beach at Dixon Grove, Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Swim Beach and Day Use Area.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek Swim Beach and Day Use Area.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Crossing over Cherry Creek on the Wetland Loop Hike.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Wetland Loop Trail, Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Campground office and visitor center at Cherry Creek State Park Campground.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek State Park Campground.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Cherry Creek State Park Campground.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • West Shades Day Use Area, Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • Stand-up paddleboard rental at the swim beach at West Shades Day Use Area, Cherry Creek State Park.- Cherry Creek State Park
  • - Cherry Creek State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Boat access and marina. Day use swim beaches. Large campground. Hiking and riding trails.
Cons: 
Freeway congestion common. Marina is private.
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Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Denver area park system ranks among the top quartile when considering the 40 biggest cities in the U.S., and Cherry Creek State Park is a fine example of the diversity of activities that can be found in Denver’s city parks. The park sprawls over more than 5 square miles near the Denver Tech Center at the junction of I-280 and I-25, making it one of the largest in the Denver area. At its heart is the 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Activities at Cherry Creek State Park are diverse, marked by the usual camping, hiking, biking, and paddling. Certain offerings, however, are entirely unique to the park. The Family Shooting Center offers an outdoor shooting range that is open to the public. It offers pistol shooting and rifle shooting at 50 and 100 yards, a shotgun range with traps, and an archery range. Suhaka Field is a miniature airfield dedicated to hobbyist pilots of model airplanes. It has two miniature, paved runways, taxiways and a flying field for rotorcraft, and a miniature windsock.

The Cherry Creek Reservoir is well developed, boasting several day use areas, including Dixon Grove, East Shades, and West Shades. Each has a covered picnic pavilion, including Hobie Hill, a pavilion of arched roofs marked with maritime accents and leafy foliage. The swim beach on Cherry Creek Reservoir’s western shore is broad and picturesque, its white sand beach enclosed, in part, by shady trees. The marina at Cherry Creek Reservoir offers boat rentals, and the reservoir is popular with boaters and paddlers.

The trail network at Cherry Creek State Park is extensive, including 12 Mile Trail, which clocks in at a counterintuitive 2.8 miles, though the trails here can be mixed and matched to produce a desired mileage. Particularly scenic are the wetlands along the south bank of Cherry Creek Reservoir, a wilderness oasis in the middle of Denver. Front Range views are abundant where the trees allow, and an off-leash dog area offers a grassy meadow borne of the canine afterlife: long, dense grasses, thistle, and limited access by permit only, meaning only the most upstanding breeds get to play.

Dotted with small ponds, latticed with trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and featuring a reservoir fit for motorized and non-motorized boating alike, Cherry Creek Park is one of the best places in city limits to recreate.

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